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Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet: One Dance Alone
December 4, 2008
This is the fourth SACD to feature avant-jazz pianist Wayne Horvitz, and the second with his enterprising quartet of piano, bassoon, cello and trumpet. Artist site :
Both this release and the first, 'Way Out East', feature a striking gatefold photospread of Prague. The ...
At Night - Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder
October 5, 2008
In a recent profile of the conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen for the 'Los Angeles Times', Salonen noted, 'As a European modernist, he had been inculcated with negatives, such as to avoid melody, harmonic identity and rhythmic pulse. 'Only after a couple of years here did I begin to see that the ...
Michael O'Neill: Ontophony
September 2, 2008
This is a surprisingly enjoyable disc of four avant-garde/modern compositions for various ensembles of bagpipes and percussion. However, if you're considering buying this release as a present for great-uncle Arthur, happily ensconced in his retirement home with early dementia, buoyed by his ...
Lingua Franca - Peter Epstein, Brad Shepik, Matt Kilmer
June 30, 2008
Easy-sounding, mildly diverting contemporary fusion music is a staple of the contemporary globalised metropolitan music scene. However, memorable high quality compositions in this genre, repaying multiple hearings, are rarer beasts. This release is a triumphal example of the latter. The works are ...
Mirror Canon - Tor Espen Aspaas
May 1, 2008
This innovative piano recital features Beethoven's last piano sonata. The programme concludes with early works by the three seminal figures of what has come to be known as the 'Second Viennese School'. The Webern items are a sequence for violin and piano. For those unfamiliar with these latter ...