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Ethelbert Nevin

[October 2022.]

György KURTÁG: Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24 (1985-87). Anna Prohaska (sop), Isabelle Faust (vln). Harmonia Mundi HMM 902359 (1 CD) (

Here’s singular author expressed through solo acrobatic soprano and solo violin (a Strad!). Exhausting and exhilarating, and elemental. YES.

Kurt ATTERBERG: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 10, “West Coast Pictures” (1914-16); Symphony No. 6 in C major, Op. 31, “Dollar Symphony” (1927-28). Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, Ari Rasilainen (cond.). cpo 999 640-2 (1 CD) (

Why not be captivated by Sweden’s west coast? No. 3’s conclusion could be John Adams or John Williams. No. 6 was a $10K prize winner. MAYBE.

New South American Discoveries.” Jorge Villavicencio GROSSMAN: Wayra (2011). Victor AGUDELO: El Sombrerón (2009). Sebastián VERGARA: Mecánica (2005). Diego LUZURIAGA: Responsorio (2000). Diego VEGA: Música Muisca (2009). Sebastián ERRÁZURIZ: La Caravana (2003). Agustín FERNÁNDEZ: Una música escondida (2004). Antonio GERVASONI: Icarus (2003). The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya (cond.). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907670 (1 CD) (

I hope these eight composers are more individual and modern than this lightweight ethnic collection suggests (viz. Grossmann on Kairos). NO.

Giovanni Antonio TERZI: Var. pieces (1593, 1599). Florent Marie (lute). Carpe Diem Records CD-16327 (1 CD) (

Bits of heaven, including some first performances, but mostly rare solo lute pieces. 28 transporting gems. Outstandingly well recorded. YES.

Andy AKIHO: Seven Pillars (2012-21). Sandbox Percussion: Ian Rosenbaum, Jonny Allen, Terry Sweeney, Victor Caccese (perc). Aki Rhythm Productions ARP-R001 (1 CD) (

It’s expansive, very crisp, and tightly miked, like living in a clock. But it’s also too long, and the precision mania becomes tedious. NO.

Thomas HYDE: Symphony, Op. 20 (2016-17). BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Paterson (cond.). Resonus RES10288 (1 CD) (

Here’s an engaging twenty-minute burst (whose notes suggest contemplative wrestling with British models), totally pleased with itself. MAYBE.


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