Dan Albertson

Dan Albertson, (“he”), born betwixt a quarter and a third of a century ago and once from small-town Michigan yet now settled further to the Midwest, is biographically reticent, a man of few passions and perhaps, per Musil, a man lacking in qualities. No training in any particular field, but seems closest to belonging in the realm of musicology. He both delights in, and is dismayed at, his lack of institutional affiliation. He is the founder and director of the Living Composers Project, though his own interest has turned decidedly against contemporary music in recent years and towards the Baroque and Renaissance. Thank you, Sir Roger. Contemporary music is too often “garbage,” he believes, though with obvious exceptions. He is the author of critical articles for American and European publications and has edited four volumes of Contemporary Music Review, on composers Helmut Lachenmann, Earle Brown and Aldo Clementi. As a poet, he has collaborated with several composers but tends to write poems as gifts — sometimes welcomed. As translator, he works regularly with Cybele Records in Düsseldorf. He enjoys walks, jogs, swims and paintings, but not all at once.

Armer Brahms, prima pars

The Brahms symphonies were an area that I avoided for much of my life. I equated Brahms with tradition and sterility.

Armer Brahms, prima pars

The Brahms symphonies were an area that I avoided for much of my life. I equated Brahms with tradition and sterility.

An Enigma of Germans

The latest offering in the KAIROS Lachenmann series has a famous work, an obscure work and a new work, spread across two discs but offering only 94:47 of music.

An Enigma of Germans

The latest offering in the KAIROS Lachenmann series has a famous work, an obscure work and a new work, spread across two discs but offering only 94:47 of music.

Of Fricatives and Plosives

Mark André must be a fearless man, a true frondeur. His 2001-04 stage work …22, 13…, a Musiktheater-Passion in drei Teilen, shows no hesitation either musically or theologically.

Of Fricatives and Plosives

Mark André must be a fearless man, a true frondeur. His 2001-04 stage work …22, 13…, a Musiktheater-Passion in drei Teilen, shows no hesitation either musically or theologically.

Six Curious Pair Bonds

Christina Pluhar makes her Virgin début with this offering — arrangements of some of Monteverdi’s “greatest hits,” alongside lesser-known but no less endearing pieces, largely from the middle or late madrigal books.

Six Curious Pair Bonds

Christina Pluhar makes her Virgin début with this offering — arrangements of some of Monteverdi’s “greatest hits,” alongside lesser-known but no less endearing pieces, largely from the middle or late madrigal books.

Musique de Chambre de Musique (l’Amérique et plus nord)

Bridge has embarked on a Lerdahl series.

Musique de Chambre de Musique (l’Amérique et plus nord)

Bridge has embarked on a Lerdahl series.

Andriessen at 70 I: Italienisches Liederbuch (Bitte um Verzeihung, Herr Wolf)

Louis Andriessen, who celebrates his 70th birthday in June, is an unlikely radical.

Andriessen at 70 I: Italienisches Liederbuch (Bitte um Verzeihung, Herr Wolf)

Louis Andriessen, who celebrates his 70th birthday in June, is an unlikely radical.

Proliferating Prometheus

The first is that any words, no matter how eloquent, will fail to convey what Prometeo is or what its experience means.

Proliferating Prometheus

The first is that any words, no matter how eloquent, will fail to convey what Prometeo is or what its experience means.

Kurtág in New York, Me in Michigan

The Kurtágs made their long-awaited New York début early last month as part of a two-night Hungarian focus at Carnegie Hall, a bold move made possible by the Hungarian Cultural Center.

Kurtág in New York, Me in Michigan

The Kurtágs made their long-awaited New York début early last month as part of a two-night Hungarian focus at Carnegie Hall, a bold move made possible by the Hungarian Cultural Center.

Zweiter Spaziergang mit Rücklauf

Each of the three works on this disc was written soon after the composer’s brief apprenticeship with Stockhausen and when Rihm was between 22 and 24.

Zweiter Spaziergang mit Rücklauf

Each of the three works on this disc was written soon after the composer’s brief apprenticeship with Stockhausen and when Rihm was between 22 and 24.

Three, by Two

Bruckner’s Third mass is not in fact his third, nor are the numbers of his symphonies reflective of their chronology.

Three, by Two

Bruckner’s Third mass is not in fact his third, nor are the numbers of his symphonies reflective of their chronology.