Notes & Reviews:
Mary Dullea is one of the most amazingly skilful pianists of today and presents a truly distinctive and groundbreaking recital. The pianist writes: These piano pieces demonstrate a fertile wide range of voices, sonorities, inspirations and exploration of the performer's role. They all call on the virtuosity of the pianist, not only at the keyboard but, in some cases, extending that even further, incorporating voice and other extended techniques. Each work marks a point in the composer's path, whether a relatively early work, a response to a significant event or a commission request.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
With a clang, a wide tremolo, and a low bang, Ed Bennett's `Gothic' begins. The piano's opening salvo is given ample time to decay and leaves the listener wondering what completely different material will follow. The answer is another volley of piano in the form of a motive broken apart from itself and spread across the keyboard. Dynamically, harmonically, rhythmically, the piece is gripping. After such an audacious start Irish pianist Mary Dullea's program moves to the stark and `First Thing, The Last Thing and Everything in Between' by David Fennessy. It shares a crisp, ringing pedal with `Gothic'. John McLachlan's Nine is a collection of moody miniatures imitating stairs, waves, clouds, and interpreting illusions and hurrying. It is highly chromatic and eccentric.
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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-Çarará / Sao Paulo SO Choir & Children's Choir and Sao Paulo SO, Karabtchevsky
Jagoda Szmytka (b.1982): 'Bloody Cherries' - Works for Amplified Ensemble, E. Guitar & Cello et al. / Ensemble Interface; Ensemble Garage et al.
Detlev Müuller-Siemens (b.1957): Traces - Chamber Works for Mixed Ensembles / Mondrian Ensemble, Basel
Gerard Pape (b.1955): Lux fugit - Chamber Works for Various Instruments & Electronics / Maurizio Barbetti, Nicholas Isherwood, Orchestre de Flûtes Français et al.
Bjørn Fongaard (1919- '80): 'Galaxe,' for 1/4 Tone Guitar; Works of Ferneyhough, Torvund & Moe / Anders Førisdal, quarter-tone guitar
William Blank (b.1957): 'Reflecting Black' - Works for Piano & Orchestra / David Lively, piano; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Rophé
Hilda Paredes: Cuerdas del Destino - Chamber Works / Jake Arditti, countertenor; Arditti Quartet