Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)

Scott Wollschleger Dark Days New Focus Recordings Karl Larson, piano Scott Wollschleger’s music has great emotional range. Dark Days explores an atmospheric and lyrical side to his composing for piano. Wollschleger has collaborated with pianist Karl Larson for some time, and this collection of pieces created over a number of years attests to the felicitousContinue reading “Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)”

Mogwai – “As the Love Continues” (CD Review)

Mogwai As the Love Continues Rock Action/Temporary Residence Ltd. On February 26th, twenty-five years into their recording career, Mogwai hit #1 on the UK charts. The band’s two previous full length releases were in the Top 10 in the UK, but the success of As the Love Continues, their tenth album, is remarkable. Known forContinue reading “Mogwai – “As the Love Continues” (CD Review)”

Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)

Caroline Shaw Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish The Narrow Sea Nonesuch CD/DL Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Let the Soil Play its Simple Part Nonesuch CD/DL The last live performance I saw before the pandemic hit New York was Caroline Shaw with Sō Percussion at Miller Theatre, which I wrote about for MusicalContinue reading “Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)”

Blue Gene Tyranny Boxed Set (CD Review)

“Blue” Gene Tyranny Degrees of Freedom Found Unseen Worlds 6XCD boxed set/digital Composer and pianist “Blue” Gene Tyranny passed away in December 2020 of complications due to diabetes. The boxed set Degrees of Freedom Found, a generous six-CD compilation of tracks from 1963-2019, was already in the works and contains liner notes by Tyranny. Thus,Continue reading “Blue Gene Tyranny Boxed Set (CD Review)”

Sergio Merce, “En lugar de pensar” (CD Review”

Sergio Merce En lugar de pensar (Instead of thinking) Wandelweiser CD                                               “The name of the album is about this feeling that I have. I believe that playing music is a non-cerebral thought form; thought in the sense of being a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention butContinue reading “Sergio Merce, “En lugar de pensar” (CD Review””

Ian Pace Plays Ferneyhough and Yeats (CD Review)

Brian Ferneyhough Complete Piano Music  Ian Pace, piano (Ben Smith, piano on Sonata for Two Pianos) Metier CD   Marc Yeats The Anatomy of Melancholy Ian Pace, piano Prima Facie CD   Ian Pace is one of the finest interpreters of complex contemporary music currently active. Two recent recordings of music by British composers ofContinue reading “Ian Pace Plays Ferneyhough and Yeats (CD Review)”

Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Tania León for being awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work Stride. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic as part of its Project 19 initiative, which marked the centenary of the 19th amendment with nineteen commissions from female composers. The Oregon Symphony shared in the commissioningContinue reading “Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize”

Chaya Czernowin’s Heart Chamber (DVD Review)

Chaya Czernowin Heart Chamber Naxos DVD Patrizia Ciofi, soprano; Dietrich Henschel, baritone; Noa Frenkel, contralto; Terry Wey, countertenor; Frauke Aulbert, vocal artist  Deutsche Oper Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke, conductor   Chaya Czernowin’s opera Heart Chamber deals with the emotional journey involved in navigating a relationship. It does so with large-scale forces; in addition to vocal soloists,Continue reading “Chaya Czernowin’s Heart Chamber (DVD Review)”

Moonbow (CD Review)

Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson Moonbow Sono Luminus CD Caput Ensemble Icelandic composer Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson’s second CD, Moonbow, presents a  selection of pieces written during the past decade for sinfonietta and chamber forces. Clarinetist Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson joins Caput Ensemble, conducted by Guðni Franzson, in Sisyphos. Written in 2014, this is the composer’s most acclaimed piece, andContinue reading “Moonbow (CD Review)”

Simple Music by Giya Kancheli (CD Review)

Giya Kancheli Simple Music Jenny Lin, piano; Guy Klucevsek, accordion Steinway and Sons CD Giya Kancheli died in 2019, leaving behind an imposing catalog that included a number of late large works for orchestra and chorus. The Georgian composer also wrote in a more intimate style, often for films and theater. These pursuits kept hisContinue reading “Simple Music by Giya Kancheli (CD Review)”