New recordings of music by Ann Southam, David Lang and Andrew Rindfleisch
Monday, April 22, 2013
This week’s episode features world premiere recordings of posthumous works for piano by Ann Southam, Schubert-inspired songs by David Lang, and music for brass by Andrew Rindfleisch.
For her new album "5," pianist Eve Egoyan recorded five posthumously discovered compositions by her close friend and longtime collaborator Ann Southam. The five meditative works (three of which are dedicated to Egoyan) all use Southam’s technique of threading a twelve tone row between repeating, consonant harmonies.
Our album of the week, "Death Speaks," is a recording of two melancholy works by David Lang. Five songs based on the words spoken by Death as personified in Schubert lieder open the album, performed hauntingly by Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Owen Pallett. The second work, depart, for female voices and multi-tracked cello, was commissioned for the Raymond Poincare Hospital morgue in France. It's our current album of the week.
The Meridian Arts Ensemble performs brass-heavy works by Andrew Rindfleisch on their new album, "In the Zone." Standout tracks include the fanfare Rindfleisch imagines Lady Macbeth would have written if she were a composer, and the thoughtfully nostalgic arrangements, Four Vintage Songs and Abide with Me.