Magazine article Gramophone

Polansky: Three Pieces for Two Pianos

Magazine article Gramophone

Polansky: Three Pieces for Two Pianos

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Three Pieces for Two Pianos (a). Old Paint (b). k-toods (c). Dismission (pianotood) (d). Dismission (pianotood 2) (d)

(d) Amy Beal, (c) Tobin Chodos, (b) Rory Cowal, (a) Joseph Kubera, (a) Marilyn Nonken, (c) Ittai Rosenbaum pfs New World (F) NW80777-2 (60' * DDD)


It may take a while to get used to the pace of the far sonic universe traversed by Larry Polansky's impassive 33-minute Three Pieces for Two Pianos, in which, seemingly through the stretching of time, late Beethoven and entirely non-derivative but familial 21st-century vibrations seem destined to creep in. Once there, however, the results are subtly immediate and rewarding, if slow-moving and introspectively dimensional.

Written for Joseph Kubera and Sarah Cahill, and played here by Kubera and Marilyn Nonken with great control and command, the Three Pieces move procedurally along their glacial and (mostly) algorithmically generated lines, coming to exquisite and eventually orgasmic life in the 17-minute third movement. …

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