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Tom Johnson: PLUCKING
By Just Strings

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By Just Strings and Tom Peters. By Tom Johnson. Classical. CD. Naxos #MF 9. Published by Naxos (NX.MF-9).

Item Number: NX.MF-9

American Minimalist composer Tom Johnson has collected a global village of ethnic pluckery to perform his latest composition PLUCKING for nine different plucked instruments (2015). Persian tar, African kora, Indian sitar, Arabic oud, and Japanese koto--along with Western bass, guitar, harp & harpsichord--create a glittering masterpiece of interlocking timbres and patterns, after each instrument performs one of his famed Rational Melodies in pure intonation. Grammy nominated Tom Peters succeeds at Failing: a very difficult piece for solo bass, but eventually fails the ultimate challenge of Doublings for Double Bass (it's OK, he is supposed to: and he lasted longer than anyone else!). "Just Strings performs with such elegance and elan as to put one's reservations quite beyond the pale...A delight, a treat, and, for those who care, an education (or a basis for debate)."- Fanfare.

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