Lewis Gill, Parochial Chamber Works, Music Inspired by Warrington, Volume One
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
12h ago
  I have been friends with UK composer Lewis Gill for some time now, having the pleasure of hearing about his music on social media and exploring mutual musical frontiers by sharing music and thoughts over the years. I originally liked what he was doing in Prog Rock and have followed his forays into Modern Concert Music for some time without  hearing a lot of musical examples until lately. I am especially glad that I have gotten the chance to hear his latest, Parochial Chamber Works Inspired by Warrington, Volume One (Self Released, Bandcamp). The album covers some eight shor ..read more
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Johan Helmich Roman, Assaggi per Violino Solo, Fabio Bondi
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
1M ago
  If you are a Baroque fanatic you may know the name of Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758), or perhaps you do not. He is new to me. The recent recording of his  Assaggi Per Violino Solo (Naive  V 8209) will doubtless show you a composer of real talent if you spend some time with it as I have. Perhaps the first thing you'll notice is the beautiful performances of violinist Fabio Biondo throughout. He has a beautifully sparking sound and impeccable tone control. The seven groupings of works each gives us a bristling Baroque leaping forth of single-noted implied c ..read more
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Denman Maroney Quintet, The Air Conditioned Nightmare
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
1M ago
  When Minimalist hypnotic circularity meets Free Jazz oriented geometric Pointillism we have something that makes sense and indeed when in the right hands such as here we have some sensational music. Pianist Denman Maroney has for some time been a thoughtful Free Jazz pianist. See my review of some of his Free Jazz music from my Gapplegate Music Review article of August 21, 2017  https://gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com/search?q=denman+maroney. On this new album The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Neuma CD 204) we feel the open Jazz rootedness that over the years Maroney has so authen ..read more
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Rodney Sharman, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, Known and Unknown, New Music for Solo Piano
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by Grego Applegate Edwards
2M ago
  Not everything can be grasped in a single setting as we all have learned over time. For New Music these days it has never been more true. It used to be at times that you more or less knew what you were getting by gazing at an album cover, the art, the label, the liners and giving it a single listen but that is rare today in some settings. So with the one for today, distinguished Canadian composer Rodney Sharman and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa bring to us a stunning series of works based imaginatively on opera transcriptions, 18 works under the rubric Known and Unknown (Redshift TK539 C ..read more
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Vincent Larderet, Ravel, The Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. One
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
3M ago
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), as many readers will ,know. was one of the 20th centuries most original and poetic of composers for the piano. His was a voice of great color and poise. He gives the contemporary pianist a manifold challenge for realizing great expression and symphonic dimensions, along with a great intimacy of voice that broke new grounds continually. Pianist Vincent Larderet appears with the first of several volumes devoted to The Complete Works for Solo Piano  (Avie AV2623). In this inaugural volume Larderet tackles five remarkably articulate and brilliant compositional sets ..read more
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Plinio Fernandes, Bacheando, Works for Solo Classical Guitar
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
3M ago
  Brazilian born classical guitar virtuoso Plinio Fernandes returns with more sparkling fare for solo classical guitar, this time flourishing within the Bachian strain with works initially written for  lute by Bach, followed by Paulinho Noguera's Bachianinha Nos 1 and 3 plus other gems by Assaf, Villa Lobos and Mario Albanese on the album Bacheando (Decca Gold B0038-493-02). The eleven works here presented are substantial, the performances do not distract with a lot of rubato so much as they move nicely forward with a kind of infectiously rocking presence. It all does not attempt to ..read more
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Alice Ping Ye Ho, Blaze, Christina Petrowska Quilico, Contemporary Works for Piano
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by Grego Applegate Edwards
5M ago
  The state-of-the-art when it comes to Modern virtuoso music for the piano today can be had nicely in the recent album of piano works by Canadian-Chinese composer Alice Ping Yee Ho as played with insightful concentration by the formidable Christina Petrowska Quilico. This on Blaze (Centrediscs CMCCD 31323). In all some eight compositions flow with dramatic High Modern intensity in the course of the program. It is a nice example of High Modernism today and how the more advanced sorts of musical contours thrive in dedicated hands.  "Erupting Skies" (2022) is doubtless the most sonica ..read more
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Susan Alcorn, Jose Lencastre, Hernani Faustino, Manifesto
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
6M ago
Today we roll into the modified Space Age and that robotic vision of Hal in 2001 is closer to our experience than certainly it was when the movie was made. And the music we hear now, is that any closer to the swirls of mad blips, bloops  and barongs that formed part of the score in 2001? Well sure and you might argue that most of 2001 was already present in some form in the culture for which it was made, maybe inevitably we are what we are when we make things. It just was not perhaps as central as the movie made it. So then Ligeti's avant work "Atmospheres" graces the score and of cou ..read more
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Linda Catlin Smith, Dark Flower, The Thin Edge New Music Collective
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by Grego Applegate Edwards
6M ago
  Linda Catlin Smith is a composer getting attention in good ways with her work in recent years including especially her new album Dark Flower (Red Shift CD). The Thin Edge Music Collective commissioned the works and play them here with just the right (deep) level of understanding and participation. Six interrelated compositions follow a special, long form elevation of tone color and lyrical unfolding, from the larger chamber quintet of clarinet, violin, cello, piano, violin and percussion (wanderer), to dual cello, then cello, piano, violin and viola (dark flower) thereafter subtracting ..read more
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Gerald Cohen, Voyagers, New Music for String Quartet, Clarinet and Trombone
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
by Grego Applegate Edwards
7M ago
       Ah, great, somebody I've never heard of has works I've never heard," some reader I've never heard of either might be saying as she confronts this article. OK, so I ain't gonna get rich covering the super new and in fact in the internet focus on immediate and continuous readership, I might be consigning myself to a kind of internet Siberia? Nonetheless I cover things I listen to closely, critically and actually like so you have nothing to lose in the reading of this, I believe. Today I cover another you might not know about, though I might also cover something famous ..read more
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