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08/25/20




DAN BARRETT/De L'espace Trouver la Fin et le Milieu: The classical cellist devotes a whole program to the works for modern French composer Dominique Lemaitre. Well suited to this minimalist, recital setting, Barrett shows the command of his instrument that other cellists who have done virtual solo recordings have demonstrated to fine effect. You can even feel echoes of experimental Zappa lurking in the grooves as this could pass for out takes from "Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny" minus the speed bumps. A modernist feast.
(New Focus 276)

ERIC HUEBNER/Desordre: Attacking the works of Gyorgy Ligeti's later works when his life was in disarray, you can feel the fury the composer was feeling as Huebner pounds the keys into submission to make his point. With an ebb and flow that'll keep you guessing as to what's coming next, this isn't pretty music for a Sunday afternoon but it isn't a dissonant mess either. Finishing the set with his own compatible work, this is forward thinking stuff that makes you think as you try to take it all in.
(New Focus 269)

ANTHONY GATTO/Wise Blood: In which we find not all American arts council money is squandered in the name of log rolling and wire pulling. A modern opera based on a Flannery O'Connor novel is a theatrical sized presentation that is large enough to keep your attention throughout. Whether music fan or theater fan, this engaging work is a high water mark for thinking people on the prowl for some juicy and meaty entertainment and made for more than munching pop corn to. And now, you can enjoy literary classics in a whole new way.
(New Focus 266)

ANTHONY GATTO/Making of Americans: This student of Ornette Coleman who got a doctorate from Yale and is well known in arts council circles has crafted a radio opera based on a Gertrude Stein literary classic rounded out with narration by Stein herself from ancient tapes she made. A timely revisit to a desperate time in America, this work will stand high in these times as well. Amazing creativity throughout, this is not a set to be taken lightly. Listeners who appreciate the gravitas here will be amply rewarded.
(New Focus 265)

Volume 44/Number 302
August 25, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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