Cuckson and McMillen play Carter and More

Carter – Sessions – Eckardt Miranda Cuckson, violin; Blair McMillen, piano Urlicht Audiovisual CD   Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen have already proven themselves an estimable duo for works by American Modernists such as Shapey and Martino. Their latest outing features Elliott Carter’s Duo for Violin and Piano (1973), a formidable piece writtenContinue reading “Cuckson and McMillen play Carter and More”

Xavier Montsalvatge – Madrigal (CD Review)

Xavier Montsalvatge Madrigal Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Tim Fain, violin, Sato Moughalian, flute; Blair McMillen, piano Perspectives Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor Naxos CD   Catalan composer and music critic Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002) created a stylistically varied and compelling body of work. The pieces here demonstrate his music’s abundant vitality, continual curiosity, and eloquence. In particular, theContinue reading “Xavier Montsalvatge – Madrigal (CD Review)”