Quattro Mani - Lounge Lizards mp3 album

Quattro Mani - Lounge Lizards mp3 album
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    Quattro Mani
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    Lounge Lizards
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  • Recording Location:
    Packard Recital Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Quattro Mani - Lounge Lizards mp3 album

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    1670 mb
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    1192 mb
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    1525 mb
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Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Quiet Music Fred Lerdahl Quattro Mani 13:28
2 Passacaglia John Musto Quattro Mani 10:56
Three Quarter-tone Pieces
3 I. Largo Charles Ives Quattro Mani 4:44
4 II. Allegro Charles Ives Quattro Mani 3:01
5 III. Chorale Charles Ives Quattro Mani 5:32
6 Of Risk and Memory Arlene Sierra Quattro Mani 11:15
Lounge Lizards
7 I. Sip 'N'Sir (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Michael Daugherty Quattro Mani 3:47
8 II. Dennis Swing Club (Hamburg, Germany) Michael Daugherty Quattro Mani 3:08
9 III. Ramada Inn (Exit 1, New Jersey Turnpike) Michael Daugherty Quattro Mani 2:54
10 IV. Bamboo Bar (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Michael Daugherty Quattro Mani 3:50


Adam Abeshouse - Mastering Engineer
Steven Beck - Member of Featured Artist
Michael Daugherty - Composer
Matt Dine - Photography
Susan Grace - Member of Featured Artist
Charles Ives - Composer
John Kinzie - Member of Featured Artist
Fred Lerdahl - Composer
John Musto - Composer
Ian Phillips-McLaren - Photography
Vanaker Plenilend - Annotation
Yopie Prins - Photography
Quattro Mani - Ensemble, Primary Artist
Peter Schaaf - Photography
Doron Schächter - Editing, Engineer
Arlene Sierra - Composer
Casey Siu - Graphic Design
Becky Starobin - Executive Producer
David Starobin - Producer
Robert J. Starobin - Web Design
Christian Steiner - Photography
Kevin Stock - Piano Technician
Michael Tetreault - Member of Featured Artist

I love everything about this release. The performances are top-notch, the theme is focused, yet within that focus is an amazing variety of compositions and styles.This recording is with the new Quattro Mani duo piano team (Steven Beck replaced retiring Alice Rybak in 2013). Though the Susan Grace/Steven Beck chemistry is slightly different than that of Grace/Rybak, there's no diminution in quality. The Quattro Mani perform with a single vision, and all the virtuosity and energy the program demands."Lounge Lizards" features piano 4-hands works by (mostly) contemporary American composers. It's a program that delights, challenges, and ultimately entertains the listener.The most challenging work is the oldest: Charles Ives' 1925 "Three Quarter-Tone Pieces." In context, though, it seemed like a work that finally found its own time. As played by Grace and Beck the work has a beautifully expressive quality.Fred Lerdahl's "Quiet Music" opens the program. Though quiet, motifs move in and out of phase with each other, creating a restlessness and forward motion that carries all the way through the 13-minute piece.John Musto's unabashedly neo-romantic "Passacaglia" seems to be music written by a pianist for pianists. And it sounds like a great deal of fun to play."Of Risk and Memory" by Arlene Sierra is a more introspective work, with the two pianists seemingly playing against each other. For me, the tension this conflict generates between the players made this work one of the most exciting on the album.The title track, "Lounge Lizards," documents Michael Daugherty's somewhat checkered past with four cocktail piano bars. Of course, this is Daugherty, so the lounge music is more than just lounge music.It's actually a well-constructed four-movement work that uses the language of Muzak to say something far more substantial. Kudos to percussionists John Kinzie and Michael Tetreault for their sometimes ironic, sometimes cheezy, yet always appropriate interpretations to Daughtery's score.I love this album.