Reviews - Christine Tham
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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 9 No. 4 & Op. 77 No. 2 - Fry Street Quartet
January 12, 2008
This is a 'sequel' to the two disc "Voices of Modernism and the String Quartet" IsoMike release that I reviewed earlier and liked immensely. On this disc we get two string quartets by Joseph Haydn (Op. 9 No. 4 in D minor, and Op. 77 No. 2 in F major). When I reviewed the two disc album, I referred ...
Dahl, Martinu, Husa - Sonolumina Ensemble
January 12, 2008
I didn't think there would be many works for clarinets and strings, but here is a whole disc of them! The first piece on the disc is Concerto a Tre (clarinet, violin, violoncello) by Ingolf Dahl. It is an interesting and very listenable work (originally intended for Benny Goodman) that starts off a ...
T Minus 5: Purity
January 11, 2008
T Minus 5 is an a capella group consisting of Jason Salmond(bass), Jeff Petersen (baritone), Karsten Longhurst (tenor), Jared Allen (tenor) and a 'vocal percussionist' (Shawn Satterthwaite). Their normal repertoire consist of a mixture of ', classic rock, a bit of country, and even elements of ...
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians - GVSU New Music Ensemble
December 20, 2007
Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is a piece that will probably either enthral or infuriate you. My sincere hope is that it's the former rather than the latter, as it is one of my favourite pieces of music (regardless of genre) and I have been listening to it for more than 20 years. It all ...
Voices of Modernism and the String Quartet - Fry Street Quartet
November 4, 2007
I have never heard of the Fry Street Quartet prior to sampling this recording, but based on this I would love to hear more of their performances. This is a two disc collection of five string quartets from Beethoven, Stravinsky, Ned Rorem and J. Mark Scearce. The selection is not arbitrary, but ...