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)”

Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)

Louis Andriessen The Only One Nora Fischer, soprano Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Nonesuch Records Louis Andriessen is in poor health. The eighty-one year old composer finished his last work, May, in 2019. It received a belated premiere (sans audience due to the pandemic) in December 2020 by Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century andContinue reading “Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)”

Marco Stroppa on Kairos (CD Review)

Marco Stroppa Miniature Estrose – Primo Libro (1991-2003, revised 2009) Erik Bertsch, piano Kairos CD Pianist Erik Bertsch’s debut recording for Kairos is of composer Marco Stroppa’s most highly regarded piano works, the first book of Miniature Estrose. Bertsch was the first pianist to perform it in its entirety in Italy. The overall arch ofContinue reading “Marco Stroppa on Kairos (CD Review)”

Curtis K. Hughes – Video Premiere and CD Review

Tulpa Curtis K. Hughes New Focus Recordings “Tulpa is a term appropriated by 20th century theosophists from Tibetan Buddhism to refer to a manifestation of a physical being generated purely by thought, sometimes also likened to an imaginary friend, a doppelgänger, or a shadow version of the self.” Curtis K. Hughes Curtis K. Hughes isContinue reading “Curtis K. Hughes – Video Premiere and CD Review”

Five Experimental Recordings

Five Experimental Recordings Anna Heflin The Redundancy of the Angelic: An Interluding Play Shannon Reilly, Emily Holden, violins; Anna Heflin: viola, voice, composer, writer Infrequent Seams cassette and download “I’m sitting on a galaxy. Stars and moons blanket the deep red spa chairs. I rest on constellations. Space itself supports me. Luna lifts me.” ThusContinue reading “Five Experimental Recordings”

Douglas Boyce: Hunt by Night (CD Review)

Douglas Boyce Hunt By Night: Chamber Works by Douglas Boyce counter)induction; Trio Cavatina; Beth Guterman Chu, viola; Schuyler Slack, cello,  Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano New Focus CD  In selecting the fifteenth century “L’Homme Arme” tune as the centerpiece for his quintet by the same name, composer Douglas Boyce demonstrates an affinity for connecting music of theContinue reading “Douglas Boyce: Hunt by Night (CD Review)”

Hallgató: Ferenc Snétberger and Keller Quartett on ECM (CD Review)

Hallgató Ferenc Snétberger, guitar; Keller Quartett: András Keller, Zsófia Környei, violins; Gábor Homoki, viola; László Fenyő, violoncello; Gyula Lázár, double bass ECM Records   Recorded live in the Grand Hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy, Hallgató chronicles an ongoing collaboration between guitarist Ferenc Snétberger and the Keller Quartett. The concert’s program is one of memory andContinue reading “Hallgató: Ferenc Snétberger and Keller Quartett on ECM (CD Review)”

Rhodri Davies – Transversal Time

Rhodri Davies Transversal Time Ryoko Akama: electronics  Rhodri Davies: pedal harp, electric harp  Sarah Hughes: zither  Sofia Jernberg: vocals  Pia Palme: contrabass recorder  Adam Parkinson: programming  Lucy Railton: cello  Pat Thomas: piano, electronics  Dafne Vicente-Sandoval: bassoon  Confront Recordings Co-commissioned by Huddersfield Festival, Chapter, and Counterflows Multi-instrumentalist Rhodri Davies created the piece Transversal Time in 2017.Continue reading “Rhodri Davies – Transversal Time”

Artist of the Year – Igor Levit

2020 Artist of the Year – Igor Levit I was fortunate last year to hear pianist Igor Levit’s US debut, where he played a Beethoven concerto with an ebullient demeanor that was truly stirring. He has remained a touchstone artist for me throughout the pandemic. Levit has been generous in sharing mini-recitals via his TwitterContinue reading “Artist of the Year – Igor Levit”

Best of 2020 – Vivaldi’s Il Tamerlano

Il Tamerlano Antonio Vivaldi Bruno Taddia, Bajazet; Filippo Mineccia, Tamerlano; Delphine Galou, Asteria; Sophia Rennert, Irene; Marina De Liso, Andronico; Arianna Vendittelli, Idaspe; Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone, director Naïve Vivaldi Edition Vol. 65 In recent years, there has been a reconsideration of Antonio Vivaldi’s stage works. A Vivaldi Edition is appearing on the Naïve label,Continue reading “Best of 2020 – Vivaldi’s Il Tamerlano”