Meanwhile - works by Mazzoli, Hurel, Etezady, Hartke, Glass, Ades, Etezady / Eighth Blackbird

Album Summary

>Mazzoli, Missy : Still Life with Avalanche, for ensemble
>Hurel, Philippe : ...à mesure, for ensemble
>Etezady, Roshanne : Damaged Goods
>Hartke, Stephen : Meanwhile, incidental music to imaginary puppet plays
>Glass, Philip : Music in Similar Motion
>Adès, Thomas : Catch, Op. 4
>Etezady, Roshanne : Damaged goods
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Remarkable new-music ensemble eighth blackbird has won Grammy awards for its last two albums on Cedille Records - and now the group returns with meanwhile, an album showcasing the kaleidoscopic variety of contemporary classical music. Always dazzling and exuberant, eighth blackbird here present world premiere recordings of works by Stephen Hartke, Missy Mazzoli, and Roshanne Etezady alongside well-known works of Glass, Ades, and Hurel.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Philip Glass's Music in Similar Motion appears as the crowdpleasing staple from the repertoire; and, while it doesn't last long enough for me, the choice of instruments and octaves used work well. They conclude with a quick spirited, inflected movement from Roshanne Etezady's Damaged Goods that mixes large interval-based motives with another theme of the album, repeated eighth notes.

The New York Times
The adventurous ensemble Eighth Blackbird has entranced listeners in recent years with its theatrical interpretations of new music. Its performances on disc are equally electric, with dynamic interpretations of works including Philippe Hurel's kaleidoscopic "... à mesure," Stephen Hartke's quirky "Meanwhile: Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays" and Philip Glass's "Music in Similar Motion."

Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist
Eighth Blackbird is quickly becoming one of the preeminent new-music chamber ensembles in the United States, and the sextet's latest album features three works written expressly for them by Stephen Hartke, Missy Mazzoli, and Roshanne Etezady (along with pieces by Philippe Hurel, Philip Glass, and Thomas Adès). By turns spiky (the Hurel piece), whimsical (the Hartke), and trance-inducing (the Glass, of course), the program offers a fine overview of this group's strengths and of the current compositional scene.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music C.



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Works Details

>Mazzoli, Missy : Still Life with Avalanche, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (08/29/2010-09/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.

>Hurel, Philippe : ...à mesure, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (01/19/2011-01/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Etezady, Roshanne : Damaged Goods :: 3. About Time
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (08/29/2010-09/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hartke, Stephen : Meanwhile, incidental music to imaginary puppet plays
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (08/29/2010-09/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Music in Similar Motion
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (01/19/2011-01/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Adès, Thomas : Catch, Op. 4
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Notes: Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Music Center, Chicago, Illinois (08/29/2010-09/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Etezady, Roshanne : Damaged goods :: 4. Eleventh Hour
  • Ensemble: eighth blackbird
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary