Mariel Roberts: “Cartography” (CD Review)

Mariel Roberts Cartography New Focus Recordings CD/DL Mariel Roberts Cartography New Focus Recordings CD/DL Cellist Mariel Roberts’ second solo album, Cartography, provides a stylistically diverse set of pieces that are all played compellingly and with earnest commitment. Eric Wubbels’ ‘gretchen am spinnrade’ has little to do with Schubert apart from taking the spinning wheel asContinue reading “Mariel Roberts: “Cartography” (CD Review)”

Zodiac Trio (CD Review)

Dreamtime Zodiac Trio Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet Vanessa Mollard, violin Riko Higuma, piano Blue Griffin Records CD/download Formed at Manhattan School of Music in 2006, the Zodiac Trio have been ambitious in their commissioning projects. Joined by guest cellist Ariel Barnes, on their second album Dreamtime they tackle a program consisting entirely of 21st century music. The CD features two substantial commissioned works: Lamentations, by RichardContinue reading “Zodiac Trio (CD Review)”

Laura Cetilia on Estuary, Ltd.

Used, Broken, & Unwanted Laura Cetilia, cello, autoharp, voice, and electronics Estuary Ltd. CD   A live recording from 2013 made in Providence, Rhode Island, Used, Broken, and Unwanted demonstrates to good effect the wide-ranging timbral palette and drone-based structures that artist Laura Cetilia explores. The title track makes use of repetition, not in theContinue reading “Laura Cetilia on Estuary, Ltd.”

Crossings – New Music for Cello (CD Review)

Crossings – New Music for Cello Kate Dillingham, cello; Amir Khosrowpour, piano Furious Artisans Recordings   On Crossings, cellist Kate Dillingham brings energetic artistry to a program of new works. The CD includes a number of solo pieces. Bhakti 4, “Atma Shatakam” (Song of the Self), by Jonathan Pieslak, pairs a meditative modal melody over a drone. Tian JingContinue reading “Crossings – New Music for Cello (CD Review)”