Plucking introduces the nine plucked string instruments gradually, completing a grid governed by mathematical patterns.
There are countless moments in Plötzlichkeit and La Terre est un Homme where I would not have been surprised if a page turn had transported us to Berg’s Reigen.
Reicha’s 57 dawdle upon an insipid ditty. It is a lot of work for player and audience to make it to the end.
You might think that the Italians invented music, such is their constant reassessment of the past.
Atopos curates astonishing collections which must be sought out. Including this installment, we have covered everything that this unfamiliar label has released thus far.
Cage and Feldman criticize the river’s flow while standing in the middle of it. They talk about art and music, about creating and teaching, about how things just aren’t what they used to be.
These four high-wattage pieces are invigorating and brilliantly executed.
Variation sets on popular tunes often helped pay the rent. A gifted improviser, Beethoven was known to delight friends for hours if the mood struck.