Soloistic Impulses for Viola, Harp, Piano and More
New Recordings from Nicholas Cords, Samuel Adler and Lubomyr Melnyk
Monday, April 08, 2013
"Recursions," the new album by Brooklyn Rider's Nicholas Cords is a mesmerizing collection of music for solo viola. From the In A Circle label, it features short works by Igor Stravinsky and Alan Hovhaness, more substantial compositions by Paul Hindemith, Edmund Rubbra and Cords himself, and two arrangements - a traditional Irish tune and a passacaglia by Heinrich Franz Ignaz Biber.
Since 1970, Samuel Adler has composed 21 concert studies (he calls them Cantos) for a wide range of orchestral instruments. A new disc from Naxos presents the cantos for every member of the string family, including harp and guitar, along with Adler's violin/viola duet Close Encounters and string trio Five Snapshots. Among the performers featured on the album are cellist Amir Eldan, double bassist Kurt Muroki and harpist June Han.
A pioneer of what he calls "Continuous Music" piano technique, Lubomyr Melnyk has set records for number of notes played per second (19.5) and notes played in an hour (93,650). His first album with the Erased Tapes label, titled "Corollaries," features Melnyk playing his own flowing, ambient compositions, joined by label mates Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and Martyn Heyne. It's our current Album of the Week, so stream the album in full this week only.