Blue Pacific represents a departure from the minimalist-inspired orchestral music for which Michael Torke first became well known -- it's more characteristic of the strongly pop-influenced style that he's come to favor. Blue Pacific is a piano solo entirely in a pop style; its opening sounds like it could be an arrangement of a Broadway ballad, with a catchy tune, conventional harmonies, and traditional piano figurations. The seven-and-a-half-minute work varies the theme, which returns at the end with grandeur and an emotional punch. Blue Pacific isn't recognizably the work of a "serious" classical composer, but taken on its own terms, it's fully convincing. Hana Chu, a student at the Juilliard School, plays with nuance and rhythmic fluidity, and the sound is clean and present.
Share this page