On his twenty-first and latest album, "In a Time Lapse", the prolific composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi creates lush sound worlds by mixing acoustic instruments (played by members of the Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani and violinist Daniel Hope, among others) with electronic effects and instruments. Highlights from the album include the tender Walk and Corale, and the twinkling, pulsating layers of Orbits.
"Seventeen Windows" is a recording of two works by David Wolfson performed by pianist Jenny Lin and cellist Laura Bontrager. The titular work is comprised of seventeen short, simple, atonal preludes for solo piano. The second work, Wolfson's classically-structured Sonata for Cello and Piano, is executed with aplomb by Lin and Bontrager.
The premiere recording of the Philip Glass' powerful Cello Concerto No. 2 features intense performances from cellist Matt Heimovitz and the Cincinnati Symphony conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. The concerto is a reworked, expanded and unplugged version of Naqoyqatsi (a Hopi word meaning "life as war"), the soundtrack for Godfrey Reggio's film of the same name, orginally written for the Philip Glass Ensemble. It's our current album of the week.