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Unheard Music - Music for winds by McLoskey, Muhly, Kusterer, Barish / Boston Conservatory Winds

Album Summary

>McLoskey, Lansing D. : What We Do Is Secret, for brass & wind ensemble
>Muhly, Nico : So to Speak, for wind ensemble
>Kusterer, Keith : Of Patina, for wind ensemble
>Barish, Jesse : Machine Music, for wind ensemble
>McLoskey, Lansing D. : The Madding Crowd, for brass ensemble
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is a recording of new American music for wind ensemble and brass expertly performed by the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and Triton Brass. The oldest work on the program was written in 2004 by Nico Muhly. Lansing McLoskey's works were written in 2007 and 2011, as was Justin Barish's and the most recent work by Keith Kusterer was written in 2013. Indeed these are all extremely talented composers, whose careers span teaching at Miami Frost School of Music and winning the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (McLoskey); collaborating with singer Bjork on her DVD and writing an opera for the Metropolitan Opera (Muhly); winning the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the 2012 Boston Conservatory Wind Competition (Kusterer); and being featured at the Focus Under 40 Boston Conservatory New Music Festival (Barish).

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Lansing McLoskey's 22-minute What We Do Is Secret (2011), for brass quintet and wind ensemble, gets its movement titles from songs by Los Angeles punk rock bands. Nico Muhly's seven-minute So to Speak (After Thomas Tallis) (2004), originally for orchestra, is based on Tallis's anthem 'Loquebantur Variis Linguis'. Keith Kusterer's nine-minute of patina (2013) is about a "wearing-down from a meaty original conception, the actual scored remnants simplified and an orchestration left seemingly skeletal". Justin Barish based his 10-minute Machine Music (2011) on Luigi Rossolo's 1913 treatise on Futurism, The Art of Noises, where he came up with three categories of noise: roars and explosions, whispers and gurgling, and screeching and buzzing. The finale of this loud, louder, loudest album is Lansing McLoskey's brass quintet Madding Crowd (2007). The 16-minute work is in one movement, with each member of the ensemble given the spotlight. They are played well.



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Works Details

>McLoskey, Lansing D. : What We Do Is Secret, for brass & wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Hewitt
  • Ensemble: Triton Brass (Brass Quintet)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Muhly, Nico : So to Speak, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Hewitt
  • Ensemble: Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kusterer, Keith : Of Patina, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Hewitt
  • Ensemble: Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2013
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Barish, Jesse : Machine Music, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Hewitt
  • Ensemble: Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>McLoskey, Lansing D. : The Madding Crowd, for brass ensemble
  • Ensemble: Triton Brass (Brass Quintet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live