Music and Vision homepage All Risks Musical - an irreverent guide to the music profession by Alice McVeigh

CD Spotlight

An Awkward Mix

Contemporary music
for strings -
heard by
ANDREW SCHARTMANN

'... Burwasser sets himself apart from the others with music that exhibits a strong sense of form and proportion ...'

Dimensions - Works for String Orchestra. © 2012 Navona Records LLC

Much in keeping with a nineteenth-century trend, modern-day composers often provide programmatic interpretations of their work. The extra-musical texts of today, however, typically lack the rich literary and cultural associations of their forebears, focusing instead on commonplace emotional experiences introduced by anecdotal storytelling.

Navona Records' new disc of contemporary works for string orchestra — an eclectic mix of eight different artists — is an embodiment of this trend. In place of deeply artistic grapplings with Shakespearean psychology or Dantean theology, we find a one-dimensional expression of grief, a paragraph-long pontification on how to avoid the pitfalls of life, and perhaps most surprising of all, a comparison between birds of prey and those who infect hemophiliacs with contaminated blood...

Copyright © 7 October 2013 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

-------

DIMENSIONS - WORKS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA

NAVONA RECORDS

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

CZECH PHILHARMONIC

SLOVAK RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

KIRK TREVOR

MARIN ALSOP

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 << Music & Vision home      Recent CD reviews       Emma Lou Diemer >>

 

Jenna Orkin: Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush With Death - From the heights of greatness (the Juilliard School; musicians Rosalyn Tureck and Nadia Boulanger) via way-ward paths to the depths of wickedness these reminiscences will entertain and enlighten.