Magazine article Gramophone

Harman: 'After JSB-RS'

Magazine article Gramophone

Harman: 'After JSB-RS'

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'After JSB-RS'

After Schumann (a)--I; II. 371 (b).

Concertino (c). Der Tag mit seinem Licht (d)

(a) MeiYi Foo pf (c) Yoori Choi, (c) Jin Hyung Lim kybds

(b) Toca Loca; (c) McGill Percussion Ensemble;

(d) Soloists/(cd) Aiyun Huang

Naxos Canadian Classics [B] 8 573303 (56' * DDD)

Chris Paul Harman's simple yet intricate music seems to affirm the supremacy of acoustic keyboard instruments, in this case the piano both by itself and in combination with an ample array of percussion instruments including tuned Swiss cowbells, crotales and glockenspiel.

Drawing inspiration from Bach's chorales and Two-Part Inventions and three of Schumann's piano cycles, Harman, Professor of Music at McGill University in Montreal, creates fresh, unique and seductively focused sound worlds on prepared, toy, non-equally tempered and mostly conventional pianos. Although each of the five pieces, written between 2006 and 2013, has its own identity, they share enough similarity that they could easily be listened to as a discourse on one continuous thought. …

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