Henry Cowell, COWELL: Quartet / Violin Suite / Songs / Piano Pieces / Polyphonica / Irish Suite

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Henry Cowell (1897-1965) can truly be considered one of the godfathers of world music. Throughout his lifetime, Cowell — whose pupils included John Cage and Lou Harrison — combined thrilling modernism with a deep affection for music from cultures ranging from Ireland to Bali. New York's very fine Continuum ensemble, led by Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, brings Cowell's achievements to the fore in an extraordinary collection that courses through some of Cowell's chamber, vocal and piano music.