Danish composer Rued Langgaard's dreamily pastoral piano works have a boyish feel to them, an uncomplicated yearning for simpler-seeming times and an honest feel for the beauty of nature. These are difficult emotions to convey in music without ending up in in a tepid New Age bath, but Langgaard pulls the trick off. He's a smart composer, and his little glowing pools of reflective sound bear some of Erik Satie's numinous qualities. The reverie is darkened, and deepened, by the appearance of trembling shadows, here and there, and pianist Berit Johansen Tange smartly renders every quiver in the music's emotional needle.
By Daniel Felsenfeld on 10.01.12 in Reviews
Alan Gilbert, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, is on a mission. He wants to be The Voice on behalf of a neglected composer, as Leonard Bernstein was for Mahler, and he's chosen one Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) fro...
By Jayson Greene on 03.30.14 in Features
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By Seth Colter Walls on 03.31.11 in Reviews
The standard knock on the New Amsterdam crew is that their music tends to be overly pretty and easy-sounding. And though it's true the young composers on the label (who mostly hail from New York) hardly ever ask you...
By Jayson Greene on 03.31.11 in Reviews
The Chiara String Quartet team up with noise pranksters Matmos to alternate perform this hip young composer's quartet (the quartet handles this) and to completely disassemble them (guess who.) The pieces themselves are s...