With this album of recently composed works for solo piano, Mizrahi showcases the continued vitality of an instrument that evokes an exceptionally rich musical heritage yet still is capable of expressing the most contemporary of musical ideas. The Bright Motion brings together a collection of works composed within the past five years, including several pieces written for Mizrahi, and two composed specifically for this album. In the case of the four commissioned works, the creative process was collaborative: several composers composed with Mizrahi’s hands, sound, and approach to the keyboard in mind, and the pianist communicated frequently with all the composers throughout the process of learning, performing, and recording their music.Read more The six pieces display an astonishingly wide variety of approaches to timbre, melody, form, rhythm, and the range of the instrument, and the result is an album that builds on the traditional solo piano tradition yet has a modern sense of flow and emotional consistency. Read less
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wonderful new piano music given sensitive performAugust 5, 2012By Daniel Coombs See All My Reviews"This is an all together fascinating collection of contemporary piano music with a diverse range of styles. Pianist Michael Mizrahi reminds us in the package notes that solo piano works sort of lost their vogue over the last twenty years or so, with many composers viewing keyboard music as a bit archaic. To the credit of all composers heard here and, certainly, to the gifted and forward looking Mizrahi, these pieces show that there is still much to be gained and enjoyed by reexamining the versatility of the piano. These are all very recent works (2007 and more recent) and are all quite interesting. Patrick Burke's "Unravel" is a swirling, chromatic work whose motives lengthen, shorten and morph as they "unravel". A very enjoyable piece. William Brittelle is known for exploring the possibilities of live acoustic sounds and electronics. In his "Computer Wave", he achieves a nearly "artificial" sound with a perpetual motion feel but with a series of technical fluorishes on a simple rhythmic gesture. "Bright Motion" by Mark Dancigers exists in two very attractive movements, composed actually four years apart for Mizrahi. There is a dance-like quality to the two movements which I found very attractive. Ryan Brown's "Four Pieces for Solo Piano" are each very charming, picturesque pieces with imaginative titles. Additionally, these works occupy the upper register of the piano giving them a very light, sparkling texture. "Faux Patterns" by John Mayrose is a lovely exploration of a simple melody that evolves from an equally simple minor second and the effect is quite haunting. Judd Greenstein's "First Ballade" is a bit of homage to Chopin and closes this set with a bit of piano retrospective in a very pretty way. I did not know any of these composers, except for Brittelle, and they are very interesting new names who provide some wonderful sounds. This plus the wonderful playing of Michael Mizrahi makes this one of the best "new music for piano" discs in awhile. "Report Abuse
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