Notes & Reviews:
New York Times
Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies and piquant harmonies.
Award-winning composer Elena Ruehr's AVIE debut, Averno (AVR 2263), introduced three bold works for choir and orchestra. For her follow-up, Ruehr scales down to intimate solo and chamber works for strings and piano, all with references to older music: baroque elements infuse the Klein Suite, while the three movements of the jazz-tinged Second Violin Sonata are dedicated to her composition teacher William Bolcom, jazz teacher Eddie Russ, and Oscar Peterson, whom Ruehr met on New Year's Eve 1980. The Boston-based Ruehr, whose works are performed from coast to coast, teaches at MIT. Last year, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 arranged for chamber orchestra by Erwin Stein) / Christiane Oelze: soprano; Spannungen Festival 2014 Chamber Orchestra
Schubert: 'Fantasie' - Late Piano Works / David Fray, piano
Tintomara: Music for Trumpet & Trombone, by Rabe, Purcell & Ravel / Wim Van Hasselt, trumpet; Jörgen Van Rijen, trombone
French Recital for Harp & Clarinet - works by Jacques Bouffil (1783-1868), Charles Nicolas Bochsa (1789-1856), Wolff Philippe XIX / Rachel Talitman, harp; Olivier Dartevelli, clarinet
J.S. & C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, transcribed for cello / The Brook Street Band. Tatty Theo, baroque cello; Carolyn Gilbey, harpsichord
C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Rebecca Miller
Great Trumpet Concertos: Plog, Nesterov, Loucheur, Tashdjian & Zwillich / Thierry Gervais, trumpet; Moscow SO; Paris Clarinet Sextet et al.
Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716-1785): 31 Motets / Michaelstein Chamber Choir; Göring
Guitar Music of Colombia - works by Adolfo Mejia (1905-73); Lucas Saboya (b.1980); Gentil Montana (1942-2011) / José Antonio Escobar, guitar