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Heuser: Not Here, But There; Smith, Jalbert, Deane, Maslanka, Maroney, Etc / Wilkins, Et Al


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1076   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Christopher DeanEckhard KopetzkiLane HarderDavid Maslanka,   ... 
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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NOT HERE, BUT THERE Blake Wilkins, cond; Univ of Houston Perc Ens ALBANY TROY 1076 (72:44)


SMITH Sprint. JALBERT Wood/Metal Music. DEANE Vespertine Formations. HEUSER Not here, but there. KOPETZKI Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Exploration of Time. HARDER Circus plenus clamor ingens ianuae tensae. MASLANKA Hohner. MARONEY Pantheon


The University of Houston Percussion Ensemble is a prizewinning group heard to excellent effect in this compilation. Taut, rhythmically precise, and dynamically responsive, they play everything with commendable concentration and commitment. Director Blake Wilkins sculpts the music with poised sensitivity and a fine attention to instrumental color—try Pierre Jalbert’s Wood/Metal Music —or with irresistible energy. Much of the music naturally exploits percussion’s exciting rhythmic capabilities, as in Kopetzki’s Exploration of Time , which completely dispenses with precise pitch except for the barely perceptible (and short-lived) hum of a bowed cymbal (?). It’s a dramatic, viscerally stimulating piece that sweeps you along for its forceful ride. Heuser’s Not here, but there at one point explodes in an outburst of thunderous intensity, but also allows ample room for the spectral effects of shimmering, vibraphone-produced clouds of sound. Maroney’s Pantheon uses bowed instruments, choral voices, and forthright chimes to summon an ethereal atmosphere, while David Maslanka capitalizes on the surpassingly moving theme from Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden , murmured by the marimbas in his elegy for his friend Bob Hohner. Other compositions, Rob Smith’s Sprint , for example, revel in the swiftly racing patterns that the tuned percussion can negotiate with such rippling aplomb. All told, this is a scintillating survey of contemporary works, sure to appeal to a broad range of music-lovers as well as to percussion aficionados.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Vespertine Formations by Christopher Dean
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Texas, USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Exploration of Time by Eckhard Kopetzki
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: 2003; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Circus Plenus Clamor Ingens Ianuae Tensae by Lane Harder
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: 2001 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Hohner by David Maslanka
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: 2001; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Sprint by Rob Smith
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: Texas, USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Texas, USA (2006 - 2007). 
6.
Wood-Metal Music by Pierre Jalbert
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: 2006; Texas, USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Not here, but there by David Heuser
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Written: 2006; Texas, USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Pantheon by Marcus Karl Maroney
Conductor:  Blake Wilkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sprint
Wood / Metal Music
Vespertine Formations
Not here, but there
Exploration of Time
Circus Plenus Clamor Ingens Ianuae Tensae
Hohner
Pantheon

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