Happy Birthday Meredith Monk!

Meredith Monk turns 74 today. An early birthday present came from ECM Records on November 4th: a recording of Monk’s On Behalf of Nature project. We do not have the benefit of language: the “text” consists of songs, chants, and syllabification in unknown tongues. And there is no narrative per se, but there are clues present in the piece’sContinue reading “Happy Birthday Meredith Monk!”

Tõnu Kõrvits’s Mirror on ECM (CD Review)

Tõnu Kõrvits Mirror ECM New Series CD 2327   Tõnu Kõrvits, composer and kannel; Anja Lechner, violoncello; Kadri Voorand, voice; Talinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor.   Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits is presented to full advantage on his ECM Series debut Mirrors. Most composers would be leery of having a liveContinue reading “Tõnu Kõrvits’s Mirror on ECM (CD Review)”

Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta

Arvo Pärt Musica Selecta A Sequence by Manfred Eicher ECM New Series 2454/55 2xCD For over thirty years, producer Manfred Eicher has been one of the greatest champions of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Indeed, the very first ECM New Series release was Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. It seems only fitting that Eicher and ECM would celebrateContinue reading “Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta”

CD of the Week: Kremerata’s Weinberg

Mieczyslaw Weinberg Gidon Kremer; Kremerata Baltica ECM New Series 2368/69 (2XCD) The revival of music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) is provided significant momentum by this double-disc set from ECM. Violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica project prove to be ardent interpreters of Weinberg’s works. The release’s program includes chamber music and compositions for largerContinue reading “CD of the Week: Kremerata’s Weinberg”