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
It’s rare that a previously unheard work shakes up our conception: Journal Intime and Chantal can challenge an understanding of Ferrari’s worldview and work.
Psenitsnikova takes us through four varied pieces, three requiring tape or tape delay, from Fritsch who founded the Feedback Studio in Cologne.
If Tosatti is encountered today, it is perhaps as Scelsi’s transcriber who momentarily popped up to claim a greater share of attribution.
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.
This portrait disc reveals a consistency across several decades, a witty composer who admired Prokofiev and Classical forms.
Folks expecting a metronome or brash chords will be surprised with Levingston’s limpid Glass recital.
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.
Quatuor is Roux’s response to Beethoven’s Op. 74 string quartet. Countless miraculous moments gently surprise, especially in the scherzo (Presto).
Esfahani’s complete Rameau moves towards the front of a crowded field. It’s possible to hear Esfahani maturing as does Rameau.