This recording was a natural outgrowth of the annual chamber music recitals that Phil O’Banion performs and his frequent collaborations with colleagues at the Boyer College and guests with the Temple University Percussion Ensemble. The Philadelphia Percussion + Piano Project has explored a number of interesting works and looks forward to continuing to celebrate traditional pieces in new ways, while also commissioning and championing new works.
About “Radiant Outbursts: (In)human Progress
“I think it is time we learned the lesson of our century: that the progress of the human spirit must keep pace with technological and scientific progress, or that spirit will die. It is incumbent on our educators to remember this; and music is at the top of the spiritual must list.”Leonard Bernstein
The Classical Compendium Album of 2020 You Can’t Miss
This album embraces the struggle between human spirit and technological and scientific progress as a unifying concept connecting three bold compositions. With power and pathos as reference points, the music lays bare the continuum between the human and the mechanical. Percussion supports and spars with solo flute in Bernstein’s Halil, Nocturne (1981), stands tall as a full-fledged chamber partner in Adam Silverman’s That Radiant Outburst (2015), and partners with four percussive pianos in the George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique (1923-24/1953).