Dan Albertson

Dan Albertson has written for La Folia since 2004. He is active in endeavors that involve language, lexicography, music, musicology, poetry, and translation. He never attended university and savors the liberty of being betwixt and between pigeonholes in life and in music. He is the founder and director of the Living Composers Project since 2000, has contributed to a variety of American and European publications and has edited multiple volumes of the British journal Contemporary Music Review on the composers Helmut Lachenmann, Earle Brown and Aldo Clementi, plus two volumes on modernism and the string quartet. He has been a member of its editorial board since 2014. He collaborates with Cybele Records in Düsseldorf and has contributed notes to various other labels. His poems are often very short and static in nature.

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.

Eastern Kingdom 1, Federal Republic 0

Austrian composer Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966), as his age might suggest, comes from the generation of composers awash with second-rate Grisey and Lachenmann clones.

Eastern Kingdom 1, Federal Republic 0

Austrian composer Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966), as his age might suggest, comes from the generation of composers awash with second-rate Grisey and Lachenmann clones.

Of Wisps and Peals: Mark André’s ‘…auf…’ Triptych

Massive metallic fusillades permeate the crackling stillness. Knocks, rattles and blowing wind are recurrent motifs.

Of Wisps and Peals: Mark André’s ‘…auf…’ Triptych

Massive metallic fusillades permeate the crackling stillness. Knocks, rattles and blowing wind are recurrent motifs.

Erster Spaziergang

Notions of the cyclical and the fragmentary permeate the 40-year output of Wolfgang Rihm, perhaps the most prolific composer of our era.

Erster Spaziergang

Notions of the cyclical and the fragmentary permeate the 40-year output of Wolfgang Rihm, perhaps the most prolific composer of our era.

Not So Good Conducting, Worse Composing

Some conductors age gracefully. Others waver as the years accrue, and no one has the courage to turn them out to pasture.

Not So Good Conducting, Worse Composing

Some conductors age gracefully. Others waver as the years accrue, and no one has the courage to turn them out to pasture.

Denhoff, Grisey, Neuwirth

German pianist Susanne Kessel is one of European new music’s greatest friends and this new release is another demonstration of her ability to perform with charm, grace and virtuosity.

Denhoff, Grisey, Neuwirth

German pianist Susanne Kessel is one of European new music’s greatest friends and this new release is another demonstration of her ability to perform with charm, grace and virtuosity.

Romantic, Impressionist, Complexist: Bruckner, Griffes, Ferneyhough

His Fourth Symphony, noted especially for its distinctive hunting-call scherzo, is probably Bruckner’s most famous score.

Romantic, Impressionist, Complexist: Bruckner, Griffes, Ferneyhough

His Fourth Symphony, noted especially for its distinctive hunting-call scherzo, is probably Bruckner’s most famous score.