George Perle Orchestral Music (CD Review)

George Perle Orchestral Music 1965-1987 Jay Campbell, cello Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, conductor George Perle Vol. 4, Bridge Records 9499   A recording of five previously unrecorded pieces, Orchestral Music 1965-1987 supplies excellent renditions of an underserved segment of composer George Perle’s output. Best known for his chamber music – he received a Pulitzer forContinue reading “George Perle Orchestral Music (CD Review)”

Quattro Mani at Weill and on CD

Quattro Mani November 15, 2017 Weill Recital Hall Works by Gosfield, Moravec, Machover, Lansky, and Ben-Amots NEW YORK – Since 2013, pianists Susan Grace and Steven Beck have been performing together as the duo Quattro Mani. Their recent recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall presented several New York premieres, including pieces by Annie Gosfield,Continue reading “Quattro Mani at Weill and on CD”

Scott Wheeler on Bridge

Scott Wheeler Portraits and Tributes Bridge CD   Scott Wheeler, composer Donald Berman, piano   Boston composer Scott Wheeler is a prolific creator of large-scale compositions. However, his latest Bridge CD, Portraits and Tributes, reveals a different side of the composer: the author of occasional pieces. Twenty-seven pieces devoted to friends and family, anniversaries andContinue reading “Scott Wheeler on Bridge”

Paul Lansky – Idle Fancies (CD Review)

Idle Fancies Paul Lansky Gwendolyn Dease, marimba and percussion Bridge Records CD 9454   Not so long ago, a composer portrait CD consisting entirely of solo marimba music would have been unthinkable. Idle Fancies, a new Bridge Recording of Paul Lansky’s complete music for marimba, demonstrates that the composer, despite being a non-percussionist best known for his contributions toContinue reading “Paul Lansky – Idle Fancies (CD Review)”

Peter Lieberson Volume 3 on Bridge (CD Review)

Music of Peter Lieberson Volume 3 Piano Concerto No. 3 Viola Concerto Stephen Beck, piano; Roberto Diaz, viola; Odense Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor   Peter Lieberson (1946-2011) was a composer capable of creating affecting works in a wide range of styles. He was well known for collaborations with his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; songsContinue reading “Peter Lieberson Volume 3 on Bridge (CD Review)”

Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal

Dmitri Tymoczko Crackpot Hymnal Bridge Records CD In recent decades, there’s been a move in some American academic circles to put more separation between the disciplines of music composition and music theory. It seems especially curious to those of us who have, to greater or lesser degrees, modeled our careers and aesthetics on our forebears,Continue reading “Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal”