Piano Ears 2 “The Stone People Mad Rush” @ Big Ears, Knoxville TN

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Lisa Moore performs charged works from her 2 latest CDs The Stone People CD (Cantaloupe Music) and Mad Rush (OMM)

The Stone People made Naxos Critics’ Choice List 2017 “If you’re going to make a grand piano thunder and clang, you have to be able to do it with the elegance and fervor that pianist Lisa Moore brings to the task. About half of her formidable new release is devoted to music that rolls out in big, granitic masses, including John Luther Adams’ “Tukiliit,” which gives the disc its subtitle, and Julia Wolfe’s pitiless “Compassion.” Moore renders all of it with surprising tenderness and force. But even more striking (at least to this taste) are the contrasting stretches of gentle lyricism. The overlapping, sun-dappled textures of Martin Bresnick’s “Ishi’s Song” flirt continuously with sentimentality without ever lapsing into it, and Kate Moore’s “Sliabh Beagh” — a tribute to her Irish Australian forebears that is at once an invented folk ballad and an extensive piano commentary on that material — ties itself into wonderful self-referential knots. But the most unforgettable glimpse of beauty here comes from composer Missy Mazzoli, whose “Orizzonte” is a still-voiced meditation on eternity, with a subdued yet haunting layer of electronic sounds overlaying the piano writing.” — (Joshua Kosman – San Francisco Chronicle)

“What becomes abundantly clear from listening to almost any bar on this Mad Rush recording is Lisa Moore’s highly developed, intuitive and nuanced approach to this music, one which has been allowed to evolve and refine over a number of years” (Gramophone Magazine)

Program: Stone People Mad Rush
Tukiliit (the stone people who live in the wind) John Luther Adams
Metamorphosis II, III, IV  Philip Glass
Earring  Julia Wolfe
Ishi’s Song Martin Bresnick
Satyagraha Act III Conclusion  Philip Glass
Piano Etudes Philip Glass no. 9, no.5, no.7, no.2


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