Archive for the ‘The New Classical’ Category

10/3: Lechner and Couturier at the Rubin Museum

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier have collaborated for more than a decade on a variety of projects. Moderato Cantabile, their recorded debut as a duo, came out a couple of weeks ago on ECM Records. They celebrate its release in NYC on Friday, October 3rd at the Rubin Museum of Art (details/ticket info here). Moderato Cantabile is […]

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Leon Fleisher – All the Things You Are (CD Review)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Leon Fleisher All the Things You Are Bridge Records CD 9429   At 85, pianist Leon Fleisher remains as compelling a musician as ever. Since the mid-1960s, due to battling an affliction called focal dystonia that affected two fingers on his right hand, Fleisher is best known for championing repertoire for the left hand alone. […]

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RIP Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

Friday, August 8th, 2014

  One of Australia’s foremost composers, Peter Sculthorpe, has passed away at the age of 85. Sculthorpe’s extensive body of work (including eighteen string quartets) addressed a wide range of subjects, including the Iraq War, the plight of detained immigrants seeking asylum in Australia, and climate change. His music demonstrates a polyglot palette that includes Aboriginal and […]

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Music for Heart and Breath

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

    Richard Reed Parry Music for Heart and Breath DG CD   Richard Reed Parry is best known for his work in the Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire. He is also active as a composer of concert music. On his debut portrait disc in this latter role, he enlists an all star roster of […]

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Kronos at 40

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

  A Thousand Thoughts Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD   Kronos Explorer Series Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD Boxed Set   To celebrate their fortieth year of activities, Kronos Quartet has two releases on the Nonesuch imprint. The first, A Thousand Thoughts, is a single CD compilation of previously unreleased and newly recorded tracks. All of the […]

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Elodie Lauten (1950-2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Another wonderful composer has passed away: Elodie Lauten was a talented, adventurous artist supremely dedicated to her work. Kyle Gann has more here.

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Lee Hyla (1952-2014)

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

  Saddened to learn of the passing of composer Lee Hyla, a longtime fixture of the Boston scene who more recently was a Professor of Music at Northwestern.  

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A Jazz Rite that Sounds Right

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Rite of Spring Stravinsky performed by the Bad Plus Sony Masterworks CD   It has long been a touchstone and signifying landmark for Twentieth Century, but particularly around its centenary (2013), Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) provoked much conversation, reevaluation, and reinterpretation. One can imagine a jazz trio translation of the piece […]

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Primosch on Bridge (CD Review)

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Sacred Songs James Primosch Susan Narucki, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; 21st Century Consort, Christopher Kendall, conductor Bridge Records CD 9422   Whether you are a spiritual seeker or confirmed secularist, James Primosch’s affecting settings of sacred texts, and poems seeking the sacred or spiritual, can prove a balm for the soul and food for thought. […]

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Ueno Opera to Premiere in Boston

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I recently spoke with my friend Ken Ueno, a composer on the faculty at UC Berkeley, about the upcoming premiere of his opera Gallo. It will be presented by Guerrilla Opera in May in Boston. Below are excerpts from our chat.   CC: How did you come to decide to compose an opera?    KU: Theater has […]

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