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Kate Molleson
Gramophone, October 2016

Process music ‘about the struggle to create beauty’ for bass clarinet, amplified orchestra and women’s voices. A single chord gradually falls over the course of 40 minutes. © 2016 Gramophone

Wes Phillips
Analog Audio of Minnesota, December 2014

If you think 21st Century classical music is hard to listen to and difficult to understand, the passing measures very well might convince you that it can also be beautiful. David Lang is a member of the Bang On A Can music collective and tpm is an immense work featuring an amplified orchestra, woman’s chorus, and bass clarinet. Its single movement runs 42 minutes and unfolds slowly—the orchestra holding a sustained chord that evolves slowly over a cushion of voices sighing, and a generous shiver of high, tinkly percussion. Over that, under it, weaving through it, is Marty Erlich’s breathy bass clarinet providing the piece’s forward momentum. © 2014 Analog Audio of Minnesota Read complete review

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