Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)

Tigran Mansurian Requiem RIAS Kammerchor; Anja Petersen, soprano; Andrew Redmond, baritone; Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich, conductor ECM New Series 2508 CD   On the cover of this CD’s booklet is a picture from 1917, 100 years ago, of deportees from Turkey travelling through the desert to Aleppo in Syria. One thinks, “Plus ça change, plusContinue reading “Tigran Mansurian Requiem on ECM Records (CD Review)”

Rumi Songs

Trygve Seim Rumi Songs ECM CD 2449   Tora Augestad, vocalist; Frode Halfti, accordion; Svante Henryson, violoncello; Trygve Seim, tenor and soprano saxophones   Coleman Barks is the best known contemporary English translator of the works of 13th century poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). His work is the inspiration for saxophonist Trygve Seim’s off-kilter yet musicallyContinue reading “Rumi Songs”

Monk’s Piano Songs

  Meredith Monk Piano Songs Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker, pianists ECM New Series CD 2374   Meredith Monk is best known for her vocal works. However, she has been writing for the piano since early on in her studies and has mature works in her catalog that date back to the 1970s. Starting in theContinue reading “Monk’s Piano Songs”