Archive for the ‘Album’ Category

10
Sep

Transparent Mechanical: Lewis and West Side Chamber Orchestra Perform Glass, Rutter, and Françaix

Philip Glass - Harpsichord Concerto Lewis Fallon Naxos

Sure, it’s sort of a bromide, but it’s apt: what was once old is new again. Along with a resurgence in recent years for composing for period instruments, the harpsichord as acted as an unlikely phoenix during the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having fallen into disuse from the Classical period until the Interwar period, the harpsichord continues to find composers attracted to it, drawn to its strange delicacy and penchant for technical floridity. In the 1920s, Poulenc and de Falla composed landmark concertos for the instrument, and over the past few decades, a slow but steady parade of composers has put forth their offerings. A Naxos release (8.573146), the Harpsichord Concertos album features works by Philip Glass, John Rutter, and Jean Françaix – an unlikely grouping on the face of it, but a successful combination of performances from the West Side Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon, featuring flutist John McMurtery, and, of course, a collection of scintillating performances by a young Welsh virtuoso in Christopher D. Lewis.

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2
Sep

Guy Barash: Facts about Water on Innova Recordings

Facts About Water - Guy Barash (Innova)

Facts About Water – Guy Barash (Innova)

New York-based composer Guy Barash is a risk-taker, willing to pull ideas from all disciplines as he jumps into the unknown. As curator for the Eavesdropping concert series, he programs works that use sound in unconventional ways. This approach extends to the compositions on his debut album, Facts about Water, released by Innova in May 2014.  Each piece features the poetry of frequent collaborator Nick Flynn, and all address multiplicity in some form or another: infinitely divisible streams of water (Wrong Ocean), the many bees that make up a hive (Blind Huber), haunted ravings of Iraqi detainees (Seven Testimonies), and a shape-shifting sea god (Proteus).

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27
Aug

An Arresting Release: Anthony Davis “Notes from the Underground”

BMOP-sound-logoPractically every work by composer Anthony Davis could have been composed today. Long, overlapping rhythmic patterns and formulas that pit portions of the orchestra against each other, as harmonically rich and textured as the doleful tapestries of inequalities in the United States, is a central component of Davis’ oeuvre. What Davis calls his “clones,” cyclical structures and serpentine lines that undergo little internal change, are laid end to end, becoming long chains, moving at contrasting speeds against each other. Davis’ music thrives on these simultaneously complicated and transparent stratifications, at times sublime, at times thunderous and swarming. Yet, there is a sense of progress and freedom within these webs of sound that exhibit clarity and immediacy, with Davis’s work sounding consistently new and novel.

Anthony Davis Notes From The Underground/BMOP

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19
Aug

Xenia Pestova’s Shadow Piano on Innova Recordings

innova logoXenia Pestova is a pianist who actively promotes and performs new works of music. Additionally, she is the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales [and a contributor to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Ed.] Her Innova release,  Shadow Piano: Music For Piano/Toy Piano & Electronics, features pieces by several contemporary composers, all of whom Pestova states in the liner notes she is “fortunate to call [her] friends.”

Xenia Pestova - Shadow Piano on Innova

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5
Aug

Duo Noire: Where Classical Guitar Meets Minimalism

Duo Noire

Duo Noire

Figments, composed by Raymond J. Lustig and performed by the virtuosic pair, Duo Noire (Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett) is a unique and entrancing album that exists at the unusual intersection of minimalism and impressive classical guitar technique.

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