Lee Hyla: Riff and Transfiguration

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Riff & Transfiguration presents four pieces of truly excellent modern classical music of the strong, dramatic vein. The earliest of Hyla's compositions on this release is "Amnesia Variance," from 1989. It is performed by a small ensemble of strings, clarinet, piano, and hammered dulcimer. Based around the idea of musical memory, or the loss of such, it often leaves out the usual transitions between the active, strongly dramatic sections and the quiet, spacious moments that are led briefly by alternating single instrument solos. The other three compositions -- all composed during the '90s -- are solo piano works, each performed by a different pianist. All of them are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Riff & Transfiguration presents four pieces of truly excellent modern classical music of the strong, dramatic vein. The earliest of Hyla's compositions on this release is "Amnesia Variance," from 1989. It is performed by a small ensemble of strings, clarinet, piano, and hammered dulcimer. Based around the idea of musical memory, or the loss of such, it often leaves out the usual transitions between the active, strongly dramatic sections and the quiet, spacious moments that are led briefly by alternating single instrument solos. The other three compositions -- all composed during the '90s -- are solo piano works, each performed by a different pianist. All of them are extremely accomplished virtuosos, lacking in neither technique nor passion. Judith Gordon and Stephen Drury perform the first two pieces, respectively. It bears repeating that the virtuosic work here is head-turning, not to mention the works' compositional strength. The title piece is a suite for solo piano, and is performed by Mia Chung. The suite's movements range from "very fast, eruptive" the first movement to "quietly, con rubato" the sixth movement, and all are carried off beautifully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397704829
  • Catalog Number: 7048
  • Sales rank: 299,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Third Party (4:45)
  2. 2 Basic Training (13:30)
  3. 3 Amnesia Breaks - Callithumpian Consort (9:21)
  4. 4 Riff and Transfiguration, suite for piano solo (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Hyla Primary Artist
Tim Smith Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Stephen Drury Piano, Conductor
Mia Chung Piano
Judith Gordon Piano
Tim Smith Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Thomas Guldborg Hammered Dulcimer
Carolin Widmann Violin
Katherine Vincent Viola
Margaret Steen Cello
Sarah Bob Piano
Callithumpian Consort Ensemble
Technical Credits
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Joel Gordon Engineer, Digital Editing
Lee Hyla Composer, Producer
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