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A rivetting first 'album' from brilliant young U.S. composer/pianist,
This review is from: Shy and Mighty (Audio CD)
I bought this album of music for 2 pianos, composed by one of the pianists Timothy Andres,(the other being David Kaplan), on the strength of a broadsheet review, and I am very glad that I did. It comprises 10 pieces - or miniature compositions, each with its own character, tempo and feeling. They range in duration from 1:47mins to 8:34mins and also in complexity, from little 'studies' à la Ligeti or Chopin, to the monumental, developed fantasies (the only word to describe them) such as "How can I live in your world of ideas?" or the wonderfully evocative "Pavane" that ends the album. Andres is quite adamant that these pieces constitute a whole work, rather than being stand-alone miniatures.
There are so many influences here - and Andres lists quite a few in the excellent interview in the accompanying booklet - that hearing this music for the first time is like listening to the best of European & American 'art-music' filtered by an incredibly sensitive mind. But this music is no mere pastiche - like Stravinsky and Bartok or John Adams and Berio, the composer integrates aspects of past and present music so cleverly and so naturally that it is a joy to hear. It comes as no surprise to me that Andres cites Brian Eno too as a major influence on his music. I look forward to hearing more works in the future from the 25 year-old Timothy Andres. Highly recommended.