Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf

Last Leaf Danish String Quartet ECM Records CD   The Danish String Quartet is best known for their insightful interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire. For instance, a 2016 CD for ECM Records presented early works by Ades, Norgard, and Abrahamsen to widespread acclaim. However, back in 2014, the quartet had a best seller onContinue reading “Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf”

Nicholas Deyoe on Populist (Preview)

This October (the 20th to be precise) one of the releases I’m most looking forward to is Nicholas Deyoe’s for Duane (Populist). His second album on the imprint, if features five new, typically audacious, chamber pieces. Check out some streamed selections via the Bandcamp link below. Deyoe also appears on Ashley Walters’ October Populist release, Sweet Anxiety (video below).

ECCE Ensemble Premieres “Switch”

On February 12-14 and February 19-20, ECCE Ensemble premieres Switch, a new opera by my friend and colleague composer John Aylward. Directed by Laine Rettmer and conducted by Jean-Phillipe Wurtz, the piece features two vocalists: soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and bass-baritone Mikhail Smigelsk.  The project is part of ECCE’s year-long residence at Le Laboratoire, aContinue reading “ECCE Ensemble Premieres “Switch””

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)”

Score Sale

To celebrate the Righteous Girls’ CD Release for ‘gathering blue’ (New Focus Records), on which is my composition “For Milton,” we are having a special sale on the site. All score PDFs are half price. Those of you who are choral directors planning your seasons may want to be special attention: every copy you orderContinue reading “Score Sale”