Paul Lansky: Angles
Format: COMPACT DISC
Stumpf, Peter; So Percussion; Weiss, Yael; Curtis Institute Guitar Quartet; Kaplan, Mark; Quattro Mani
Paul Lansky's latest album brings together four virtuosic pieces, composed for widely varying ensembles. Four's Company for four guitars combines lyricism, rich harmony, and transparent textures. Angles for piano, violin and cello alternately dances and sings, and ends with a beautifully simple, sad song. Springs for four percussionists tears the roof off, and Color Codas for two pianos winds up the program with rollicking dance rhythms. From his pioneering work in computer music through his fresh and engaging instrumental music of the past decade, Paul Lansky has become a leading voice in contemporary American music. His music is well-represented on recording including a dozen albums on the Bridge label.