Michael Harley – Come Closer (CD Review)

Come Closer Michael Harley, bassoon Phillip Bush, piano; Ari Streisfeld, violin, Daniel Sweaney, viola; Claire Bryant, cello New Focus Recordings A longtime member of Alarm Will Sound, now on the faculty of University of South Carolina, Michael Harley makes his monograph CD debut with Come Closer on New Focus Recordings. The program features repertoire byContinue reading “Michael Harley – Come Closer (CD Review)”

Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)

A Spanish Nativity Stile Antico Harmonia Mundi 902312 The “Golden Age” of Spanish polyphony (during the sixteenth century) yielded a number of pieces suitable for Christmastime by some of the finest composers of the Renaissance: Tomás Luis de Victoria, Franciso Guerrero, and Cristóbal de Morales. On the a cappella vocal group Stile Antico’s latest disc,Continue reading “Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)”

Tallis Scholars: new CD, Concerts in Princeton and New York

Now in their forty-sixth year of singing, the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, have long made an annual December concert at Church of St. Mary the Virgin in midtown Manhattan a stop on their winter tour. Part of Miller Theatre’s Early Music Series, these concerts have focused on Renaissance polyphony, but there have alsoContinue reading “Tallis Scholars: new CD, Concerts in Princeton and New York”

BMOP Plays George Perle (CD Review)

George Perle Serenades Boston Modern Orchestra Project Gil Rose, conductor BMOP Sound Composer George Perle passed away a decade ago, but his music has remained part of the repertory. This is noteworthy in that, upon their deaths, many composers are eclipsed for a time. An excellent example of the resilience of Perle’s work is aContinue reading “BMOP Plays George Perle (CD Review)”

John Luther Adams – Become Desert (CD Review)

Become Desert John Luther Adams Seattle Symphony, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Ludovic Morlot, conductor Cantaloupe Music “Become Desert is both a celebration of the deserts we are given, and a lamentation of the deserts we create.” – John Luther Adams Born in Mississippi, John Luther Adams first came to the attention of listeners as a composerContinue reading “John Luther Adams – Become Desert (CD Review)”

Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble (CD Review)

Remember Me, My Dear Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble ECM New Series 2625 The Hilliard Ensemble disbanded five years ago. Happily, they made a few recordings for ECM that have allowed listeners to continue to enjoy new music from them. Remember Me, My Dear was recorded on their last tour in 2014 at theContinue reading “Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble (CD Review)”

10/16 at the Jazz Standard – Ethan Iverson with Tom Harrell

In recent years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been collaborating with a number of artists, particularly elder statesmen of the jazz tradition. In 2017, he appeared at the Village Vanguard with trumpeter Tom Harrell. The performances were document on Common Practice, Iverson’s most recent ECM recording. In addition to Harrell, the CD’s personnel includes bassist BenContinue reading “10/16 at the Jazz Standard – Ethan Iverson with Tom Harrell”

10/13: Tonight at Nublu – Sun of Goldfinger

On Sun of Goldfinger, his latest recording for ECM Records, saxophonist Tim Berne partners with guitarist David Torn and percussionist Ches Smith. The outing incorporates the avant-jazz palette usually adopted by Berne and Smith along with amplified sonics and effects incorporated by Torn. There are three long-form pieces on Sun of Goldfinger. “Eye Meddle” buildsContinue reading “10/13: Tonight at Nublu – Sun of Goldfinger”

Odyssean Ensemble debuts with Byrd (CD Review)

William Byrd – The Great Service and Anthems Odyssean Ensemble, Colm Carey, director; Christian Wilson, organ Linn Records William Byrd is often associated with Catholic church music, contributing three masses and collections of propers. He also composed one of the finest collections of Anglican music, a “full” or “long” service of the music for theContinue reading “Odyssean Ensemble debuts with Byrd (CD Review)”

Dominique Schafer on Kairos (CD Review)

Dominique Schafer Vers une présence réelle Ensemble Proton Bern, Matthias Kuhn, conducter Kairos CD 0015036KAI Born in 1967, Swiss composer Dominique Schafer spent time in Paris and Boston before taking up his present academic position at Chapman University in California. This is his first monograph CD. Ensemble Proto Bern supplies the recording’s eloquent performances, illuminatingContinue reading “Dominique Schafer on Kairos (CD Review)”