Best of 2020: Simone Dinnerstein

A Character of Quiet Simone Dinnerstein, piano Orange Mountain Music Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has been playing Philip Glass’s music live for the past few years. Her interpretations, recorded on an Orange Mountain CD (Glass’s label) reveal dynamic subtleties and a romantic sensibility that creates a sense of vulnerability in the three etudes presented here; manyContinue reading “Best of 2020: Simone Dinnerstein”

An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)

Simone Dinnerstein in Recital Miller Theatre – Columbia University December 8, 2018 Published on Sequenza21.com By Christian Carey NEW YORK – On Saturday, December 8th, pianist Simone Dinnerstein made a return appearance to Miller Theatre to perform an intriguing and eclectic solo recital. The stage was set with subdued lighting, with electric “candles” placed throughoutContinue reading “An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)”

Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)

Da Capo Chamber Players Perform a Potpourri of American Works   Da Capo Chamber Players Merkin Concert Hall June 4, 2018   NEW YORK – Themed programs and portrait concerts are all the rage these days. As such, it is refreshing when an ensemble goes eclectic, presenting a diverse array of music. Such was theContinue reading “Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)”

Bruce Brubaker at LPR

Bruce Brubaker Le Poisson Rouge September 17, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Pianist Bruce Brubaker has long been known as one of the best interpreters of Downtown contemporary music around. His is a versatile catalogue of recordings, including excellent CDs of works by John Adams, John Cage, Alvin Curran, WilliamContinue reading “Bruce Brubaker at LPR”

Gidon Kremer at McCarter

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica McCarter Theatre Center Friday, February 3, 2017 By Christian Carey   PRINCETON – I’ve wanted to hear violinist Gidon Kremer perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s iconic work Fratres live since I was a teenager. Back then, Kremer’s rendition of the work on an ECM Records New Series CD was transfixingContinue reading “Gidon Kremer at McCarter”

Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass

Photo: Steve Pyke Philip Glass turned eighty years old today. A celebration was held at Carnegie Hall tonight, a concert by the Bruckner Symphony Linz, led longtime Glass collaborator conductor Dennis Russell Davies in the premiere of the composer’s Eleventh Symphony and Three Yoruba Songs (with vocalist Angélique Kidjo). In Nashville tonight, I’m not hearing anyContinue reading “Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass”

Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)

Filament Eighth Blackbird Cedille Records CD 90000 157 The “M” word: minimalism: oft-quoted, sometimes maligned, often misunderstood, and seldom accepted as a self-descriptor by composers. We get into ever more thorny ground as we begin to contemplate “post-minimalism:” does it describe chronology, influence, or some kind of murky musical terrain? If we are to useContinue reading “Eighth Blackbird: “Filament” (CD Review)”

String quartets for guitars

Philip Glass String Quartets 2-5 Dublin Guitar Quartet Orange Mountain Music   The translation of a string quartet into a guitar quartet might initially sound like a dubious prospect. After all, guitar, for all its many virtues, cannot match the sustain of bowed stringed instruments. That said, what the Dublin Guitar Quartet has done inContinue reading “String quartets for guitars”