Ethelbert Nevin, a retired technical draftsman, resides in a quiet New England backwater. Currently translating a novel about Continental pinsetters, Nevin longs for the days when music didn’t try to please everybody.
A fresh set of rebuses constructed with far more liberties in phonetics and orthography, including somewhat cryptic constructions.
Powerful, unpredictable but engaging melodic contours tell forgotten stories, like reshuffled Copland pages molded into Sibelian peaks.
This wobbly No. 2 wouldn’t make any top-10 Mahler list, but the Twilight Zone composer’s Varèsian vignettes demand far more attention.
Gorgeous sound and stupendous playing in this sundry program of solo viola da gamba pieces.