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  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 ... more
  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 ... more
  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 ... more
  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 ... more
  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 ... more

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