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Monk’s Piano Songs

  Meredith Monk Piano Songs Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker, pianists ECM New Series CD 2374   Meredith Monk is best known for her vocal works. However, she has been writing for the piano since early on in her studies and … Continue reading

Jarrell’s Cassandra Receives US Premiere

One of the oldest stories left to humanity, yet it still can withstand and even thrive in new adaptations… On Thursday and Friday, Swiss composer Michael Jarrell opera Cassandra will be given its US Premiere at Bohemian National Hall in New York City … Continue reading

Jarrell Opera Receives US Premiere

Jarrell and Clementi. Photo: Andi Olsen Jarrell and Clementi.
Photo: Andi Olsen

One of the oldest stories left to humanity, yet it still can withstand and even thrive in new adaptations...

On Thursday and Friday, Swiss composer Michael Jarrell opera Cassandra will be given its US Premiere at Bohemian National Hall in New York City (details below). Based on the 1984 novel by Christa Wolf, the monodrama deals with the fallout of the Trojan war for King Priam's prescient daughter. Actress Anna Clementi is joined by an 18-member ensemble and bolstered by electronic music and the work of Czech video artist Dalibor Pys. 

For those subtitle weary among you, there's good news: the work will be given in English (However, our teaser video below is in French!).

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Kremer plays Weinberg

Mieczyslaw Weinberg Gidon Kremer; Kremerata Baltica ECM New Series 2368/69 (2XCD) The revival of music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) is provided significant momentum by this double-disc set from ECM. Violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica project prove to be … Continue reading

Kigawa plays Ligeti at LPR

On Friday, pianist Taka Kigawa joins Ensemble LPR for a program of contemporary classical music, both watershed works and new offerings. The concert’s centerpiece is Ligeti’s Piano Concerto. The Ensemble also performs Varèse’s Octandre and Gallery Music by composer/conductor Brad Lubman (best known for his work … Continue reading

Levin – Minnemann – Rudess (CD Review)

Levin – Minnemann – Rudess S/T CD Lazy Bones Recordings   Prog — especially NeoProg of the instrumental variety — gets a fair amount of heat from mainstream music critics. They throw around terms like  “noodly,” “artificial,” “overly showy,”  “bloated,” … Continue reading

RIP John Tavener

We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Tavener, English composer of concert music based on the Christian Orthodox liturgy. John Tavener composed “Jesus Prayer” specifically for Björk Guðmundsdóttir’s voice. She posted the following message on her website: … Continue reading

Program note – Ionisation

Ionisation   Scientists describe ionisation as the process in which, by gaining or losing electrons, atoms or molecules come to possess a positive or negative charge. For his percussion ensemble work Ionisation (1931), Edgard Varèse uses this scientific principle both … Continue reading

“solo” for piano, played by Erika Dohi (Soundcloud)

NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration

This week, NPR’s First Listen program is sharing a streaming preview of Ayhem, a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner of the National. Out via Anti Records on November 5th, the recording is Dessner’s first full length album of concert works. … Continue reading