Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)

Pianist Thomas Stumpf’s latest Albany Records recording features composer Hayes Biggs’s first Piano Prelude, The Secret the Silent Lazarus Would Not Reveal. Based on the poem, “The Afterlife,” by Billy Collins, it is a virtuosic traversal of the piano’s low register, featuring sepulchrally jazzy chords and ominous angular melodies. Stumpf’s Reflections on Time and Mortality, a two-disc set, also includes pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Janàcek, Bartók, JohnContinue reading “Hayes Biggs played by Thomas Stumpf (YouTube)”

Martin Brody: Beasts (CD Review)

Beasts Music by Martin Brody Collage New Music, David Hoose, conductor Albany Records CD Troy 1595 On the Albany CD Beasts, Collage New Music, directed by David Hoose, presents three vocal chamber works by  Wellesley College professor Martin Brody. In his liner notes, Brody says that each of the pieces provide, “imaginative identification with something orContinue reading “Martin Brody: Beasts (CD Review)”