Notes & Reviews:
BMOP/sound brings a breath of sand, surf, and sun to its latest release: three orchestral works by LA-based, bi-coastal collaborator, composer Donald Crockett. The title work, Blue Earth, is a "sinfonia concertante" that contrasts the delicacy of a small group of soloists with full orchestral forces. Blue Earth takes its inspiration from the interlocking ecosystems of our biosphere, modeling its structure and patterns after the migratory rhythms of birds, the surging of waves, and the inevitable cycle of organic rebirth. Also on the disc is Wedge, an energetic opener that channels the powerful surf of Newport Beach, and the Viola Concerto, written for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and violist Kate Vincent, whose rich, lyrical sound is a highlight of the recording.
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Alessandro Solbiati: By My Window
Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981): Symphonic Works, Vol. 3 / Netherlands SO, David Porcelijn
Sibelius: The Symphonies; Violin Concerto; Luonnotar, Op. 70; Valse Triste; Pohjola's Daughter; Tone Poems / Bernstein, New York PO [7 CDs]
Chamber Music of David Conte (b.1955): Cello Sonata; String Quartet No. 2; Piano Trio / Emil Miland, cello; Miles Graber, piano; Kay Stern, violin; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
Dennis Kam (b.1942): Chamber Music / Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet; Ross Harbaugh, cello; Amy Tarantino, piano
Lukas Foss (1922-2009): Complete Symphonies (4) Nos. 1 - 4 / Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose [2 CDs]
Inspired by Brahms - Ewazen: Trio for Horn, Violin, & Piano; Kellogg: A Glorious Morning; Brahms: Trio II in Eflat Major / Michael Thornton, horn; Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; Andrew Litton, piano
Sounds of The North - Chamber music for winds by Trygve Madsen (b.1940); Otto Mortensen (1907-1986); Nields Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000); Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet / Various artists
Reinhard Fuchs (b.1974): Mania / Anna Maria Pammer, soprano; Klangforum Wien, Sylvain Cambreling; Vienna RSO, Beat Furrer, Johannes Kalitzke