New recordings from Jonny Greenwood, Ursula Oppens and Claire Chase
Monday, April 09, 2012
This week on the New Canon, we explore the beguiling territory of Terrestre, flutist Claire Chase's second solo disc, in our latest Q2 Music webcast premiere, in which we stream a new album in its entirety.
Claire has an impeccable ear for music and setting, and the whole of this album paints a varied landscape between glacial movements and birds in flight. Terrestre features Chase in partnership with members of ICE (for the world-premiere recording of Kaija Saariaho's title track), pianist Jacob Greenberg (Franco Donatoni's Fili and Boulez's Sonatine) and clarinetist Joshua Rubin (Elliott Carter's Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux). She rounds out the album with a solo bass flute work, and the album's other world premiere recording: Dai Fujikura's Glacier.
But before we move into that, we have a rousing first hour with music from Jonny Greenwood and Frederic Rzewski. The former comes from a hot new Nonesuch album that pits Greenwood's music against that of his musical idol's, Krzysztof Penderecki. From that we'll hear Greenwood's response to Penderecki's Polymorphia, a work written based on brain-wave chart responses to another Penderecki piece. The resulting 48 Responses to Polymorphia plays on that piece with fresh insight and playful reverence.
Following that, we'll turn our ears to a recent reissue by pianist Ursula Oppens of Rzewski's equally revolutionary The People United Will Never Be Defeated, an apt re-release on the Piano Classics label given our charged social times.