This week on the New Canon, we juxtapose concertos for bass clarinet and tabla by Evan Ziporyn on his new disc, Big Grenadilla/Mumbai. It streams as part of our latest Q2 Music webcast premiere, in which we stream a new album in its entirety.
The dichotomy in Ziporyn's newest album (featuring Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project plus Ziporyn on bass clarinet and Sandeep Das on tabla) is a striking one: Big Grenadilla, named for the wood used to make clarinets, has much to do with creation while Mumbai, written in response to the eponymous city's 2008 terrorist attacks, takes on the themes of destruction before ending on a hopeful note of renewal. It's an emotional ride, but one that's well worth the trip.
But first we'll begin with some fab tracks coming out of Naxos, Ondine and In a Circle Records, starting with Polish conductor Antoni Wit's continued dedication to recording the complete works of compatriot composer Krzysztof Penderecki. We also explore a work written by all four members of Brooklyn Rider, get to hear two world-premiere recordings by Israeli composer Ronn Yedidia and Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. We end the program with a taste of our forthcoming album of the week by Ethel.