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Little Things / Phyllis Chen

Svennson / Chen,Phyllis
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 133   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Fabian SvenssonAngelica NegronTakuji KawaiNathan Davis,   ... 
Performer:  Phyllis ChenAngelica NegronKarlheinz Essl
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Praised by the LA Times as “a dazzling delight,” Phyllis Chen’s new album features a wide range of works written or dedicated to her in the last few years, as she continues to expand the range of the toy piano in a concert setting. Also an active composer, Ms. Chen's creative sensibility pervades these commissions, as her innovative approach to the instrument emboldened the composers to experiment and imagine new worlds for this under appreciated instrument. From virtuosic solo works such as 2009 UnCaged Toy Piano competition winner Fabian Svenssons’s Toy Toccata to the ambient-loop based title track The Little Things by Angélica Negrón for toy instruments, the diversity of the seven tracks on this recording is tied together Read more by a focus on the toy piano as a central voice in composition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toy Toccata (in Black and White), for toy piano by Fabian Svensson
Performer:  Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2009 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
The Little Things, for toy instruments & live electronics by Angelica Negron
Performer:  Angelica Negron (Electronics), Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2011 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Okura, for toy piano by Takuji Kawai
Performer:  Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2012 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
The Mechanics of Escapement, for toy piano & chimes by Nathan Davis
Performer:  Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Pi (Obstruction), for toy piano by Andrián Pertout
Performer:  Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2008 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Whatever Shall Be, for toy piano, dreidel, chopstick, music box & electronics by Karlheinz Essl
Performer:  Karlheinz Essl (Electronics), Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2010 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Milliampere, for toy piano by Dai Fujikura
Performer:  Phyllis Chen (Toy Piano)
Written: 2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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