Recordings of the Year

Recording of the Year: Terry Riley, Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet, Volti (Nonesuch)             Terry Riley’s 2002 work Sun Rings simultaneously celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Voyager exploration and soberly reflects on September 11, 2001. Kronos Quartet, longtime collaborators with Riley, the ethereal voices of Volti, and a collection of space sounds are combined toContinue reading “Recordings of the Year”

John Adams: Violin Concerto (CD Review)

Violin Concerto – John Adams Leila Josefowicz, violin St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, conductor Nonesuch CD Some recordings become touchstones in one’s collection. Despite there being several fine renditions out there, the 1996 Nonesuch CD of Gidon Kremer playing John Adams’ Violin Concerto (1993), with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Kent Nagano, isContinue reading “John Adams: Violin Concerto (CD Review)”

Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again (LP Review)

We Who Walk Again Ghost Ensemble Indexical LP/Download Since 2012, New York’s Ghost Ensemble has pursued a deep listening ethos that incorporates a range of repertoire, both pieces by ensemble members and works by composers such as David Bird, Kyle Gann, Giacinto Scelsi, and Gerard Grisey. Any ensemble in the US that references “deep listening”Continue reading “Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again (LP Review)”

Miranda Cuckson at Miller Theatre (concert review)

Miranda Cuckson – Pop Up Concert at Miller Theatre March 7, 2017 Published in Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Violinist Miranda Cuckson is one of the stars of new music in New York: a fearless, visionary, and tremendously talented artist. On March 7th, she presented a solo program of 20th andContinue reading “Miranda Cuckson at Miller Theatre (concert review)”

Khasma Duo Plays Romig (CD review)

Time Seems to Pass James Romig Khasma Piano Duo: Ashlee Mack, Katherine Palumbo, pianos Parallax Music Press CD/Download   Composer James Romig’s piano duo work Time Seems to Pass, a nearly forty-minute opus commissioned and performed by Khasma Piano Duo (Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo), is something of a turning point in his work. InContinue reading “Khasma Duo Plays Romig (CD review)”

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”

Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert (DVD Review)

  Elliott Carter  – 103rd Birthday Concert 92nd Street Y December 8, 2011, New York City NMC Recordings DVD Elliott Carter (1908-2012) knew how to throw a musical party. His 103rd birthday concert – held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – featured twelve compositions, all but one written since his ninetiethContinue reading “Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert (DVD Review)”