Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf

Last Leaf Danish String Quartet ECM Records CD   The Danish String Quartet is best known for their insightful interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire. For instance, a 2016 CD for ECM Records presented early works by Ades, Norgard, and Abrahamsen to widespread acclaim. However, back in 2014, the quartet had a best seller onContinue reading “Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf”

Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)

Now, and Then Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor Pablo Márquez, guitar ECM 2485 November 17 sees the release of Now, and Then, an ECM recording of transcriptions by composers Bruno Maderna and Luciano Berio. In addition to his creative pursuits and new music advocacy, Maderna (1920-1973) was in demand as a conductorContinue reading “Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)”

Lee Ranaldo – Moroccan Mountains (Video)

  Best known for his work with Sonic Youth, in recent years Lee Ranaldo has carved out an interesting solo career. “Moroccan Mountains” is the lead off track from Electric Trim, his first LP for Mute (out 9/15/17). Check out the evocative, seven-and-a-half minute long video that accompanies the song below.  

Xordox – Neospection (CD Review)

JG Thirlwell Xordox Neospection Editions Mego JG Thirlwell has recorded under several monikers and with various bands (Frank Want, Clint Ruin, Foetus, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, et cetera). Xordox is his latest project, recorded both at Self Immolation Studios in Brooklyn and as part of a residency at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden. ThirlwellContinue reading “Xordox – Neospection (CD Review)”

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)”

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Concerto in New York March 15, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – One of the most eagerly anticipated New York premieres of 2017 was Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma. It had been presented shortly before by the Chicago Symphony, and buzz had grown aroundContinue reading “Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma”