- Tony Newton
REVIEW - MUSIC CD:
‘CAPRICES & QUIRKS’ CD - Original Piano and Keyboard Instrumental Compositions
Composed and Performed by LK Merlynda Robinson
‘Lynda’s new disc contains eight tracks, six of them for piano – including piano duet – plus one for guitar, and a synthesized piece which features an accordion and orchestral effects. All the tracks on this disc reveal quirkily attractive qualities and I particularly enjoyed the solo piano pieces ‘Lesson on a Tightrope’ and ‘Trapeze Entanglement’ which perhaps reveal the influence of 20th century composers for the piano like Bartok and Soulima Stravinsky.
For now though I’d like to concentrate on the first and last tracks on the album. ‘Alternator Shipyard’ is a brilliant addition to the piano duet repertoire, written in a sunny G major with the odd mixolydian inflection. I loved the procession of sturdy quick-fire themes, minimalistic, and yet bound together with delightful counterpoints above and below. There’s a slower episode before the recapitulation but the piece has unity and purpose. There’s also a kind of innocence and charm beneath the surface musical sophistication which is tremendously appealing.
The last track is dubbed ‘Scorpions des Villes’, a stunningly original piece which sounds as if it could be the finale of a concerto for piano accordion and strings. Its three layers consist of accordion on top, pizzicato violas, and a string bass line. As in ‘Alternator Shipyard’ there are minimalistic tendencies in this fascinating piece and the repetitions gradually cast a hypnotic spell on the listener. In its emotional effect though it’s quite different to the earlier piece – dark, slightly menacing, sinister even …’
J. Conway - Founder & Editor - The British Association of Tonal Composers
Published: The BATCOM Newsletter (Edition: No 16)