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Paul Lansky: Textures & Threads

Lansky / Burgett / Stoyanov
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9435   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hammer/KlavierTime Travellers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Textures is Paul Lansky’s new work, composed for the group Hammer/Klavier (two pianists and two percussionists) and is a major addition to the repertoire for this combination. Its eight movements last 30 minutes and explore the wide expressive range of this unique combo. This is the work’s premiere recording. In the decade since its composition, Paul Lansky’s Threads for 4 percussionists has become one of the most frequently performed pieces for percussion ensemble, played and recorded by dozens of professional and university ensembles. Threads is given a wildly dynamic ride in this new recording by the Time Travellers. Textures is Paul Lansky’s new work, composed for the group Hammer/Klavier (two pianists and two percussionists) and is a major addition to the repertoire for this combination. Its eight movements last 30 minutes and explore the wide expressive range of this unique combo. This is the work’s premiere recording. In the decade since its composition, Paul Lansky’s Threads for 4 percussionists has become one of the most frequently performed pieces for percussion ensemble, played and recorded by dozens of professional and university ensembles. Threads is given a wildly dynamic ride in this new recording by the Time Travellers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Textures by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hammer/Klavier
Written: 2012-2013 
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Threads by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Time Travellers
Written: 2005 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Well-crafted percussion works October 7, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release presents two fairly recent and near-related Paul Lansky works: Textures, for two pianists and two percussionists, and Threads, for four percussionists. Textures examines the shifting role of the piano. It's a melodic instrument, but it it's also a percussion instrument, produces sound by striking hammers against strings. Contrast that with more traditional percussion instruments (like drums), which can also be melodic instruments of indefinite pitch. Lansky shifts the viewpoint back and forth. Sometimes he has the pianos play percussively while the percussion instruments weave delicate melodies, sometimes the reverse. Sometimes he has both act like indefinite pitched instruments, sometimes all play melodically. Lansky's changing viewpoints keep the listener engaged (or at least this listener). Threads, is just for percussion, but it's a battery of instruments the four players perform on. Again, Lansky plays with various combinations, contrasting wood and metal, definite and indefinite pitch, sticks and woolen mallets creating a compelling work that's rightly become a favorite among percussion ensembles." Report Abuse
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