Managing Editor Grant Chu Covell works in the Boston area for a global technology company that made hardware which Xenakis and Babbitt used to good effect. His music reviews have appeared in EAR Magazine and InMusic, and he was the publisher of The Periodic Journal of Bibliography (1990-95). A short article on a work for piano and tape is in the Csound Magazine. His instrumental and electroacoustic music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad, and he has shared too many CDs of his music with family and friends (one work was recorded in a refrigerator). Two electroacoustic works have appeared in commercial compilations: Presence III and The Door Project. A recent CD can be found here. A long departed family dog’s name was taken from a character in Wagner’s Ring.
Grant Chu Covell
Highlights of Davies’ nine-piece collection include Isis in which a leading saxophone gesticulates enthusiastically albeit fruitlessly over a 15-person chamber orchestra.
Intended as a response to Brahms’ four, this symphony could be the primordial soup from which Hamburg’s greatest son emerged.
Perhaps the world has come around to Aperghis’ way of thinking… No question about it, we need more DVDs of Aperghis’ work.
Modern music tends to be aggressive with soured dissonance. Tiensuu finds a playful, less ponderous route.
Michel Chion (b. 1947) is one of the all-time best ea composers. In 2010 Nuun brought out 500 copies of Diktat (1979) and Brocoli’s La vie en prose was released last year.
Salonen’s 20-minute Nyx churns quickly, but the less frequently recorded Dutilleux sticks in the mind.
Like a spouse appointed to complete a decedent politician’s term, so has Brunhild picked up Luc’s work.
Passing across the originals suggests that Ring has found pearls in emphasizing the quartal, Bartók-like aspects of Holmboe’s language.
A fresh NEOS sparks this roundup and forces an overdue confrontation with col legno’s Prometeo.
A week spent in Stockholm put me near the Raoul Wallenberg memorial, sited within view of the capitol’s water and synagogue. Easy to miss at first, the granite sphere soon becomes a landmark.