Portals and Passages
ETHAN WICKMAN Portals and Passages TROY1246 - Price: $16.99
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Ethan Wickman offers refreshing individuality in these compositions for piano.

In the grand American tradition initiated by Ives, this collection of piano music by Ethan Wickman balances refreshing individuality with an acute awareness of tradition. Aptly titled, Portals and Passages offers myriad glimpses of correspondent time periods, distant relationships, complementary cultural values, and diverse locales -- earthbound and otherwise. Wickman's compositional style weaves a dynamic network of motivic, rhythmic, and textural contrasts into a unified voice that continually prospects fresh realms of tonal possibility and interest. In Nicholas Phillips, his music finds a measured, solicitous interpreter whose touch renders the most challenging technical passages effortless and those more delicate, sublime.
Contents:
Ethan Wickman, composer
Invention for St. Vincent in the Mezquita
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Ethan Wickman, composer
Passages for Piano
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Ethan Wickman, composer
Forbidden Parallels
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Ethan Wickman, composer
In Winter: Reverberations on a Theme
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Ethan Wickman, composer
Inside the Hubble Toolbox
Nicholas Phillips, piano

Review:
"...[Ethan] Wickman is a composer of facility and imagination, the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond..." (The New York Times)

"[Ethan Wickman's] music is very beautiful–filled with luminous harmonic colors and memorable ideas. ...This is a thoroughly appealing collection of piano music from an extremely talented composer whom I will continue to follow with tremendous interest. Very enthusiastically recommended." (Fanfare)

"From Wisconsin comes this absorbing listener-friendly recording of piano works by Ethan Wickman...Nicholas Phillips...plays with clarity and deep understanding. ...This is a heartening release for aficionados of new music." (American Record Guide)
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