Stephen Gosling & Blair McMillen - Powerhouse Pianists II: Works for Two Pianos (2015)
Title: Powerhouse Pianists II: Works for Two Pianos
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: American Modern Recordings
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 70:14
Total Size: 160 / 253 MB
WebSite: Album Preview
1. Deep Blue Ocean: I. The Darkness Below 3:38
2. Deep Blue Ocean: II. Sunbeams and Waterfalls 3:24
3. Deep Blue Ocean: III. Accents and Waves 4:30
4. Dilukkenjon 8:19
5. Tenement Rhapsody: I. Subway 3:20
6. Kilter 9:31
7. Chiaroscuro: I. Light 1:46
8. Chiaroscuro: II. Shadows 4:11
9. Chiaroscuro: III. Strobe 4:46
10. Hallelujah Junction 15:48
11. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues 11:01
Hailed as the "the dynamic duo of contemporary pianists" who "share a messianic devotion to modern music" by The New York Times, Gosling and McMillen apply the full force of their artistry to seven shining examples of music for two pianos by living composers, including John Adams, Mary Ellen Childs, John Corigliano, Amanda Harberg, Doug Opel, Robert Paterson, and Frederic Rzewski. The album is impeccably produced by GRAMMY -winning producer Adam Abeshouse.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of this recording is how the simple addition of a second piano explodes the textural and coloristic possibilities. Deep Blue Ocean, a poetic and powerful three-movement rumination on the sea by American Modern Ensemble founder Robert Paterson, opens the album with intense waves of resonance holding up tinkling rising patterns that burst into block chords, punctuating the pastoral subaquatic scenes.
Doug Opel indulges the playful possibilities of the dueling pianos in Dilukkenjon, with the two pianos engaged in a tension-filled championship race to the finish. In Subway, a swinging take on mass transit, composer Amanda Harberg takes full advantage of the 176 keys available to her to capture the swirl of activities and personalities that flow underneath New York City. The frenetic pulse melts into the simple patterns of Mary Ellen Childs' Kilter, which evoke a sense of mystery and mysticism as they become inextricably entwined.
In John Corigliano's show-stopping Chiaroscuro for two pianos tuned a quartertone apart, traditional harmony and musical gestures swim in a sea of microtonal surrealism to great expressive effect that goes out with a bang. John Adams evokes the vast expanses of the American west with his ecstatic brand of minimalism in Hallelujah Junction and the disc closes with a two-piano arrangement of Frederic Rzewski's raging industrial masterpiece Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues from Four North American Ballads.
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