Magnus Lindberg on Ondine (CD Review)

Magnus Lindberg Aura – Marea – Related Rocks Emil Holmström, Joonas Ahonen, piano and keyboards;  Jani Niinimaki, Jerry Plippomem, percussion  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu Ondine This recording includes three live recordings of compositions from the 1990s by Magnus Lindberg. Hannu Lintu leads the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in energetic and focused renditions ofContinue reading “Magnus Lindberg on Ondine (CD Review)”

Matt Evans – touchless (CD Review)

Matt Evans Touchless Whatever’s Clever Records “touchless questions the phenomenology of touch, reaching to transcend the boundaries of the physical to embody touch while remaining touchless.” – Matt Evans In 2019, Matt Evans lost his partner, the sculptor and eco-feminist artist Devra Freelander. He commemorates both grief and the light that came into his lifeContinue reading “Matt Evans – touchless (CD Review)”

Martin Suckling on NMC (CD Review)

Martin Suckling This Departing Landscape NMC Recordings CD/DL Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Katherine Bryan (flute), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Ilan Volkov Two concertos and two substantial orchestral works by Scottish composer Martin Suckling are programmed on This Departing Landscape, his debut portrait CD. The White Road (after Edmund de Waal) is inspired by DeContinue reading “Martin Suckling on NMC (CD Review)”

Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)

Scott Wollschleger Dark Days New Focus Recordings Karl Larson, piano Scott Wollschleger’s music has great emotional range. Dark Days explores an atmospheric and lyrical side to his composing for piano. Wollschleger has collaborated with pianist Karl Larson for some time, and this collection of pieces created over a number of years attests to the felicitousContinue reading “Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)”

Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)

Caroline Shaw Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish The Narrow Sea Nonesuch CD/DL Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Let the Soil Play its Simple Part Nonesuch CD/DL The last live performance I saw before the pandemic hit New York was Caroline Shaw with Sō Percussion at Miller Theatre, which I wrote about for MusicalContinue reading “Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)”

Sergio Merce, “En lugar de pensar” (CD Review”

Sergio Merce En lugar de pensar (Instead of thinking) Wandelweiser CD                                               “The name of the album is about this feeling that I have. I believe that playing music is a non-cerebral thought form; thought in the sense of being a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention butContinue reading “Sergio Merce, “En lugar de pensar” (CD Review””

Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Tania León for being awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work Stride. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic as part of its Project 19 initiative, which marked the centenary of the 19th amendment with nineteen commissions from female composers. The Oregon Symphony shared in the commissioningContinue reading “Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize”

Simple Music by Giya Kancheli (CD Review)

Giya Kancheli Simple Music Jenny Lin, piano; Guy Klucevsek, accordion Steinway and Sons CD Giya Kancheli died in 2019, leaving behind an imposing catalog that included a number of late large works for orchestra and chorus. The Georgian composer also wrote in a more intimate style, often for films and theater. These pursuits kept hisContinue reading “Simple Music by Giya Kancheli (CD Review)”

Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)

Louis Andriessen The Only One Nora Fischer, soprano Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Nonesuch Records Louis Andriessen is in poor health. The eighty-one year old composer finished his last work, May, in 2019. It received a belated premiere (sans audience due to the pandemic) in December 2020 by Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century andContinue reading “Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)”

Marco Stroppa on Kairos (CD Review)

Marco Stroppa Miniature Estrose – Primo Libro (1991-2003, revised 2009) Erik Bertsch, piano Kairos CD Pianist Erik Bertsch’s debut recording for Kairos is of composer Marco Stroppa’s most highly regarded piano works, the first book of Miniature Estrose. Bertsch was the first pianist to perform it in its entirety in Italy. The overall arch ofContinue reading “Marco Stroppa on Kairos (CD Review)”