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Lansky: The Long & Short of It / Windscape

Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9495  
Composer:  Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windscape
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Lansky is one of the most prominent and accessible modern American composers. He writes primarily for the medium of computer-generated sound, and has made advances in many technical areas, especially those of Linear Prediction Coding, which he developed for his own first computer-generated pieces. He has written that his “[his] goals are not mainly to achieve relative mastery of one form or another… as they are to experiment.” Because of this, his compositions are quite varied in style and form. This recording presents three premiere recordings of Paul Lansky's recent chamber music. "The Long and Short of It" for Woodwind Quintet was inspired by the third movement adagio of Mozart’s Serenade for Winds K. 361. The album also Read more includes his guitar duet “Talking Guitars,” and “Pieces of Advice” for horn and piano.



The Long and Short of It (2016) is for wind quartet. Lansky produces his take on Mozart’s Serenade, K 361, by investing minuets and slow movements with tonal or neo-tonal harmony. Opening with clusters for humor, shortlong rhythms produce the title, literally, in one of the slow movements. This is filled with cleverness and enthusiasm for the classical style, and listening to this piece back to back with the Mozart is enjoyable.

– American Record Guide

It seems whatever the genre, Lansky’s music continues to attract and satisfy.

– The Whole Note (CA) Read less

Works on This Recording

The Long and Short of It by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windscape
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Talking Guitars by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windscape
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Pieces of Advice by Paul Lansky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windscape
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Appealing chamber works January 11, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release features three intimate chamber works by Paul Lansky. All are fairly recent, composed after Lansky's transition to a more tonal style. "The Long and Short of It" is the most recent work, completed in 2015. This wind quintet is based on a section of Mozart's Serenade for Winds, K. 361. Lansky uses the pulsing rhythmic figure as a foundation to build his melodies upon. Windscape performs with sensitivity and verve. At times one can hear the work's Mozartian roots in their playing. The recording perfectly balances the need for a homogenous ensemble sound and that of hearing each individual voice. Lansky's first instrument was the guitar. His 2014 work "Talking Guitars" benefits from his intimate knowledge of the instrument. The work is presented as a dialogue between two guitars. Both Jiyeon Kim and Hao Yang are students of David Starobin. They both play with exceptional clarity, making this conversation easy to follow. Lansky's 2006 work "Pieces of Advice" is for French horn and piano. It has five movements. Each represents a different mood: mysterious, proud, patient, annoying, and insistent. Lansky played the French horn. The music is challenging but uses the instrument to full advantage. The performances were fine, but I found this the least interesting of the three works. To my ears, there seemed little interaction between the two instruments -- the horn was the solo instrument, the piano provides the accompaniment. Overall, though, this is a good addition to Bridge Record's Lansky series." Report Abuse
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