Grant Chu Covell

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.

Piano Factory 21: Haydn and Busoni

Exercising a Stein fortepiano from 1799, Mitchell improvises brief thematic and harmonic transitions. These are mature Haydn sonatas, in which seemingly modest ideas are expertly probed.

Piano Factory 21: Haydn and Busoni

Exercising a Stein fortepiano from 1799, Mitchell improvises brief thematic and harmonic transitions. These are mature Haydn sonatas, in which seemingly modest ideas are expertly probed.

Piano Factory 20.

This portrait disc reveals a consistency across several decades, a witty composer who admired Prokofiev and Classical forms.

Piano Factory 20.

This portrait disc reveals a consistency across several decades, a witty composer who admired Prokofiev and Classical forms.

Piano Factory 19.

Folks expecting a metronome or brash chords will be surprised with Levingston’s limpid Glass recital.

Piano Factory 19.

Folks expecting a metronome or brash chords will be surprised with Levingston’s limpid Glass recital.

New and Near New in Boston

Gubaidulina’s one-movement Triple Concerto is a consummate mystery. It does not present itself as a typical concerto requiring flamboyant soloists and an obliging orchestra.

New and Near New in Boston

Gubaidulina’s one-movement Triple Concerto is a consummate mystery. It does not present itself as a typical concerto requiring flamboyant soloists and an obliging orchestra.

EA Bucket 25: With Instruments

Quatuor is Roux’s response to Beethoven’s Op. 74 string quartet. Countless miraculous moments gently surprise, especially in the scherzo (Presto).

EA Bucket 25: With Instruments

Quatuor is Roux’s response to Beethoven’s Op. 74 string quartet. Countless miraculous moments gently surprise, especially in the scherzo (Presto).

Pièces de Clavecin 9: Older and Newer Rameau

Esfahani’s complete Rameau moves towards the front of a crowded field. It’s possible to hear Esfahani maturing as does Rameau.

Pièces de Clavecin 9: Older and Newer Rameau

Esfahani’s complete Rameau moves towards the front of a crowded field. It’s possible to hear Esfahani maturing as does Rameau.

Beethoven and Schnittke in Boston with the Danish String Quartet

At Jordan Hall in Boston this past Saturday, the Danish String Quartet offered spotless performances of two Beethoven quartets. There’s not much that can stand up to Beethoven, but the group made a persuasive and unflustered case for Schnittke.

Beethoven and Schnittke in Boston with the Danish String Quartet

At Jordan Hall in Boston this past Saturday, the Danish String Quartet offered spotless performances of two Beethoven quartets. There’s not much that can stand up to Beethoven, but the group made a persuasive and unflustered case for Schnittke.

Love and Lust, Near and Far

As a Christmas Eve grouping, L’Amour de Loin and Salome are an unthinkable pair, but those were the operas on the roster this past December 24, 2016.

Love and Lust, Near and Far

As a Christmas Eve grouping, L’Amour de Loin and Salome are an unthinkable pair, but those were the operas on the roster this past December 24, 2016.

Piano Factory 18.

If you like your Bach straight up, then Chan’s minimalist constellations will not amuse. Chan doesn’t provide the familiar melody, but instead organizes or jumbles the chorale’s pitch materials into chowder, deeply obscuring Bach’s poignant original.

Piano Factory 18.

If you like your Bach straight up, then Chan’s minimalist constellations will not amuse. Chan doesn’t provide the familiar melody, but instead organizes or jumbles the chorale’s pitch materials into chowder, deeply obscuring Bach’s poignant original.

String Theory 23. / EA Bucket 24: Violin, sometimes with tape

There will be those who get the pun in Rynes’ title, but I wasn’t one of them. Rynes’ nine-item program presents old and new friends.

String Theory 23. / EA Bucket 24: Violin, sometimes with tape

There will be those who get the pun in Rynes’ title, but I wasn’t one of them. Rynes’ nine-item program presents old and new friends.