This week, Terrance McKnight spins Sebastian Currier's epic work for violin and harp, Night Time. The piece whirls around five movements: Dusk, Sleepless, Vespers, Nightwind, and Starlight. Acting as both a travel agent and guide, Currier delivers a kind of twilight tourism for the ears.
In the first movement, Dusk, the witching hour is conjured by some harp-plucked polyrhythms and lyrical vibrato. By way of pizzicatos and muted chords, the second movement, Sleepless, conveys a languid sleep trot. Vespers suggests a deep self-contemplation through some introverted violin melodies. With frenzied passages, Nightwind, the fourth movement, finally gives way to one's final acceptance of slumber. Though placid on the surface, Starlight's fierce undertones convey the visceral dreams that humans often experience in the last stages of sleep cycle.
Even though the piece is only played by two performers--Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and violinist Jean-Claude Velin--Night Time could easily compete with dynamism of a full orchestra.
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arranged by Alexander Fyodorovich Goedicke
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Versija Chamber Choir (Latvia)
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Meredith Monk, voice and piano
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New York Philharmonic
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Danielle Laval, piano
Piano Trio Elegiaque No. 1 in G Minor