Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)

Jenny Olivia Johnson Don’t Look Back Innova Recordings CD 925   Wellesley professor Jenny Olivia Johnson presents a program of synth-inflected songs on Don’t Look Back, her debut recording for the Innova imprint. Like many good indie classical songwriters, her formula combines beautiful sounds with stark lyrics: I like to think of it as theContinue reading “Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)”

Mark Applebaum: 30 (CD Review)

Mark Applebaum 30 Innova Records CD 928   To celebrate his thirtieth wedding anniversary, composer Mark Applebaum composed three pieces for percussion ensemble. They can be played successively or simultaneously. Each celebrates a different decade of the couple’s marriage Applebaum isn’t the only composer who has created works that have this capacity, but here itContinue reading “Mark Applebaum: 30 (CD Review)”


Listening: Girl Band, Holding Hands with Jamie Pet Shop Boys, Discography Alex G, Beach Music Mary Halvorson, Melt Frame Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique-I Daniel Martin Moore, The Golden Age Fred Hersch, Solo Duncan Sheik, Legerdemain Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aerial Elvis Costello, Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello, Spike Mark Applebaum, 30 Jenny Olivia Johnson, Don’t Look Back

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”