Lisa Moore

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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


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