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Paul Lansky: Notes To Self

Lansky / Starobin / Yoshinaga
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9405   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Lansky
Performer:  Mihae LeeMari YoshinagaDavid Starobin
Conductor:  Justin Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony OrchestraReal Quiet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The five pieces on this CD were all written within the past few years for the performers heard here. The five works continue Paul Lansky’s ongoing journey away from electronic music to a purely acoustic art. The program is wide-ranging, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral music. Lansky delights in instrumental virtuosity and offers a stylistic freedom that takes note of popular culture in the context of more classically derived forms, all super-charged with intense rhythmic energy. The five pieces on this CD were all written within the past few years for the performers heard here. The five works continue Paul Lansky’s ongoing journey away from electronic music to a purely acoustic art. The program is wide-ranging, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral music. Lansky delights in instrumental virtuosity and offers a stylistic freedom that takes note of popular culture in the context of more classically derived forms, all super-charged with intense rhythmic energy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Notes to Self by Paul Lansky
Performer:  Mihae Lee (Piano)
Written: 2011 
2.
Arches by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2007 
3.
Horizons by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Real Quiet
Written: 2009 
4.
Partita for guitar by Paul Lansky
Performer:  Mari Yoshinaga (Percussion), David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
5.
Line and Shadow by Paul Lansky
Conductor:  Justin Brown
Written: 2008 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A notable release January 17, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Paul Lanksy established his reputation in the field of electronic and computer music composition. Recently, though, he's turned his attention to acoustic instruments. &quot;Notes to Self&quot; presents an overview of this new phase in Lansky's career. <br /> <br /> &quot;Arches&quot; and &quot;Line and Shadow&quot; are short but engaging orchestral works. LS lyrical with rich, yet unusual harmonies Arches - builds from a simple scale. While somewhat austere, it achieve a elegant beauty all its own as the work unfolds. <br /> <br /> &quot;Partita&quot; was written for guitarist David Starobin, and is performed by him here. The work is for guitar and percussion. Each movement features a different set of percussion instruments, dramatically changing the sound of the ensemble and the emotional weight. There's a hint of jazz that runs through this work that I find quite appealing. <br /> <br /> The title track, &quot;Notes to Self&quot; is a four-movement work for solo piano that pays tribute to several composers Lansky was inspired by -- including Babbitt, Bartok, Perle, Hindemith, and Messiaen. The work is performed by Mihae Lee, to whom the work was dedicated. <br /> <br /> &quot;Horizons&quot; for piano, cello, and percussion is an interesting chamber work. It's an unusual combination of instruments, and Lansky effectively exploits the possibilities. Lansky is never at a loss for melodic ideas, and that, plus the ever-changing instrumental combinations make for a thoroughly rewarding listening experience." Report Abuse
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