Paddle to the Sea
- CDR 90000 175
The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album
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Third Coast Percussion’s Paddle to the Sea transports listeners into a realm of imaginative sounds and world-premiere recordings evoking the aquatic world. Anchoring the album is the Grammy Award-winning ensemble’s original new collaborative composition Paddle to the Sea. The fearsomely talented foursome conceived it as a live soundtrack to the charming, Oscar-nominated 1966 film of the same name, based on a classic children’s story about a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and launches him on a solo canoe voyage to the ocean. The Dallas Morning News called Third Coast’s concert performance “arresting and enjoyable.” TheaterJones called it “unforgettable” and said, “There was something magical about the performance, but it is almost impossible to describe the experience in mere words.”
In composing Paddle to the Sea, Third Coast found a wellspring of ideas in the other works they’ve included on the album. Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water revels in textures and timbres unique to the marimba as it explores the different characters water can embody. Third Coast plays its own arrangement of selections from Philip Glass’s 12 Pieces for Ballet (originally composed for piano) — also drawing inspiration from Brazilian group Uakti’s multi-instrumental version, titled Aguas da Amazonia. The final leg of Third Coast’s waterborne adventure is Zimbabwean Musekiwa Chingdoza’s arrangement of Chigwaya, a song from the Shona tradition used to call water spirits.
Richard Allen A Closer Listen
"The lead story is that Third Coast Percussion should be up for another Grammy with this set, and that Paddle to the Sea is a fine elaboration on an already well-loved story: one that should please its many generations of fans."
Mel Martin Audiophile Audition
"It’s a very interesting and emotional work, with each track describing different events from the boy’s journey. At times energetic, at times contemplative, the tracks hang together as a really compelling listening experience . . . From an audio standpoint, the disc has terrific dynamic range, and wide frequency response . . . I can recommend this disc. It’s something different and interesting."
David Hurwitz Classics Today
". . . the members of Third Coast Percussion play with astonishing precision and sensitivity throughout this intelligently planned recital . . . The bottom line here is that the performances are amazing and the engineering is perfect."
Jarrett Hoffman Cleveland Classical
". . . deep and wide-ranging, impressive and highly creative."
Robert Carl Fanfare
". . . the sound of the whole disc is gorgeous. The sense of space and color that’s projected is ideally suited to the percussion ensemble medium. The whole thing is an aural feast. And continued kudos to Cedille for showcasing the musical treasures of Chicago, the great metropolitan gem of our nation’s middle."
Pwyll ap Sion Gramophone
"Third Coast Percussion's acutely sensitive approach to sound yields a work that glides effortlessly and subtly between animated rhythmic sections and moments of serene, tranquil reflection."
Brad Turner NPR
This new version of "Madeira River" highlights the craftsmanship Third Coast Percussion puts into each phrase. Even subtle moments can be revelatory ... They play as if they're a single, eight-armed organism ... A sense of understatement gives this interpretation much of its potency."
Graham Rickson The Arts Desk
"This is an enormously enjoyable album – attractively designed and well-annotated. Cedille’s engineering is rich and vivid – this is the best percussion disc I've heard in ages."