David Leisner's 'Acrobats' -
'... as authoritative as one could wish.'
The cover of this disc doesn't give away its contents but hints at a period and sets a mood. It is sepia-toned, and the performer's costume is a striped suit and bowler hat: first half of the twentieth century? The tumbler, clasping his knees mid-somersault, is disorienting. (Should I turn the CD upside down so he's sitting on an invisible chair?) And the background is blurred and shadowy, vaguely threatening.
Let's open it up and see what it's all about.
Artwork from the CD 'Acrobats - Music of David Leisner', © 2007 Cedille Records
David Leisner is a mid-career American composer. Acrobats brings together all of his works, six written in the twenty years from 1982 to 2002, for flute and guitar. The performers are the Cavatina Duo (Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar).
Copyright © 30 December 2007
Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville, Australia