Andrew Rudin’s String Sonatas

Andrew Rudin Three String Sonatas Centaur CD CRC 3266   Composer Andrew Rudin worked on his three string sonatas in stages, premiering initial versions and then substantially revising them. He has also orchestrated two of the three into concertos (the violin and viola sonatas). The consummate craftsmanship is evident. These are pieces where every noteContinue reading “Andrew Rudin’s String Sonatas”

Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta

Arvo Pärt Musica Selecta A Sequence by Manfred Eicher ECM New Series 2454/55 2xCD For over thirty years, producer Manfred Eicher has been one of the greatest champions of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Indeed, the very first ECM New Series release was Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. It seems only fitting that Eicher and ECM would celebrateContinue reading “Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta”

Moving Sounds 2015

    This Friday, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents a concert highlighting spectralist composers. The culmination of this year’s Moving Sounds Festival, it features the U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Introduction und Transsonation, Giacinto Scelsi’s violin concerto Anahit, and pieces by Tristan Murail. Hanna Hurwitz is the violin soloist. Michel Galante leads the Argento Ensemble in these performances.         Moving Sounds 2015 FridayContinue reading “Moving Sounds 2015”

The New Cello, Volume 2 (CD Review)

Franklin Cox is an indefatigable and prolific figure, both as a performer and as a musicologist. This, the second volume in his “New Cello” series, focuses on European composers. Using Klaus Huebler’s Opus Breve as a refrain, this rondo of nine performances encompasses a great deal of what’s happening in second modernity. Particularly fine are the brief but richlyContinue reading “The New Cello, Volume 2 (CD Review)”

Tonight at FCM: Copland, Foss, Ives, Bernstein

Here is Michael Tilson Thomas, tonight’s guest conductor, with his regular “band,” the San Francisco Symphony, in Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations.  Also on the program, Quintets for Orchestra by my teacher Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and Charles Ives’s New England Holidays.

Julian Anderson

At the Festival of Contemporary Music today, we also heard the premiere of Julian Anderson’s Second String Quartet. A fascinating piece filled with alternate tunings and myriad playing effects, it is one that I will be pondering for a long while. Here’s a video of a piece that I heard recently, Anderson’s Prayer for solo viola. It was playedContinue reading “Julian Anderson”

Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue

I am thrilled that on July 10th Righteous Girls are releasing their debut album, Gathering Blue, on New Focus Recordings . It contains works by Andy Akiho, Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf,  Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf, as well as my own “For Milton,” an homage to Milton Babbitt that isContinue reading “Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue”