Don't Get Too Comfortable

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

On this week's All Ears we shake things up a bit with a kind of musical hopscotch. Terrance McKnight explores colorful works produced with movement in mind.

Featured on the show is a movement from Paul Lansky's composition Still Time. It was "conceived as a kind of film music without images, perhaps reminiscent of the idea of a 'song without words,'" writes Lansky.

Lansky said his works for computer "have tended to focus on the ways in which this technology can be used to expand and deepen our sense of the sounds of the world around us, rather than on the invention of 'new sounds.'"

Other compositions on the docket are Tanguori by Jeremy Cohen performed by the Quartet San Francisco: a classical journey which brings to mind an Astor Piazzolla tango. Multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood's Proven Lands, as well as a piece by Roberto Sierra, Trio No. 2, are performed by the New York chamber ensemble Continuum.

The latter was a commission for the group in 2002 and centers around a single twelve-tone sequence. In four movements, the first and last incorporate Afro-Caribbean beats, and sandwich the composition with salsa rhythms. The second and third movements add a meaty texture that only carry subtle links to the framework's climate. 

For these reason, we ask you to not get too comfy.

 

Playlist:

Sergei Prokofiev: "Suggestions Diabolique," Op. 4/4
Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Angel/EMI

Jonny Greenwood: Proven Lands
BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Zeigler, condcutor
Nonesuch

Thelonious Monk: In Walked Bud
Marcus Roberts, piano
RCA

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach: Romance
Paul Barritt, violin
James Lisney, piano
BIS

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Scherzo
William Chapman Nyaho, piano
MSR

Paul Lansky: Still Time; First Tableau: Panorama
Paul Lansky, electronics
CRI

Jeremy Cohen: Tanguori
Quartet San Francisco
ViolinJazz Recordings

Robert Sierra: Trio No. 2
Continuum
New Albion

Johannes Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
Misha Dichter, piano
Music Masters

Dominic Frasca: Deviations
Domonic Frasca, guitar
Cantaloupe

Tomasso Albinoni: Sonata a 5 in G Minor, Op. 2/6
I Musici
Philips

Franz Liszt: "Mephisto waltz" No. 1, S. 514
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Philips

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