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Paul Lansky: Contemplating Weather

Lansky / Grace,Susan / Rybak,Alice
Release Date: 04/07/2015 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9447   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Lansky
Conductor:  Kimberly Dunn Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Michigan University ChoraleBirds On A WireMeehan/Perkins Duo,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Contemplating Weather by Paul Lansky
Conductor:  Kimberly Dunn Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Michigan University Chorale,  Birds On A Wire
Written: 2013 
2.
Travel Diary by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Meehan/Perkins Duo
Written: 2007 
3.
It All Adds Up by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quattro Mani
Written: 2005; USA 

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Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Music Worth Contemplating July 9, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The more I hear Paul Lansky's post-serial music, the more I like it. This new release features three such works: Contemplating Weather for chorale and 11 instruments; Travel Diary for percussion duo; and It All Adds Up for piano duo. Contemplating Weather has what I would describe as a post-tonal Copland character to it. The harmonies are very modal in spots, and the choir has a big, expansive sound. Jonathan Greene's insightful verses about how we perceive the weather are interspersed with instrumental interludes. The various combinations of the 11 instruments provide contrast to the primarily homophonic choral. Travel Diary is loosely based on a road trip Lansky once took. This duo percussion piece imaginatively portrays the various stages of the trip, from leaving home, through getting lost in the city, and finally arriving at the destination. Lansky's use of percussion is always imaginative, with a mixture of tuned and indefinite pitch instruments that never sounds hackneyed or contrived. In the liner notes, Lansky says the pieces that comprise It All Adds Up as doing "a variety of things in the way of navigating the area between tonal and post-tonal harmonies." The result is a piano duo work that sometimes frantically jazzy, like a player piano spinning out of control. At times Lansky skates close to atonality, but more often embraces tonality with vibrant lyricism. The more I hear Paul Lansky's post-serial music, the more I like it. And I liked this release a lot." Report Abuse
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