ERIC MOE: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
Eric Moe's music has been variously described as "maximal minimalism", "Rachmaninoff in hell", and "music of winning exuberance". Moe's imaginative titles are little stories or images suggestive of parts of innumerable and widely scattered fictions. Many suggest a kind of poignant humor, or an inside joke that he and the listener share: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch is one such title, the cliched phrase from which Western movies use to keep the audience from being thrown by a zealous edit. In this album, five of Moe's works tap into a wide and deep current of sources and ideas, a microcosm of Moe's fascinations, with references to Goethe and Richard Wilbur.
Lee Hyla is a composer of rare power and versatility whose work combines the complexity of atonal classical concert music with the energy of experimental jazz, rock and improvised music. His third Tzadik CD presents a collection of recent works large and small such as Polish Folk Songs, Field Guide, and My Life on the Plains which all feature the vivacious Firebird Ensemble!
"These intense chamber symphonies sometimes have a hard jazz swing to them, but the most abiding impression is that of lustrous, lyrical melancholy; the Firebird Ensemble performs them not only with expertise but with the sympathy of devoted colleagues." -Russell Platt, The New Yorker
Check out recent reviews of this album below:
The Boston Globe From Hyla to Mahler, Beethoven to Schoenberg
The New Yorker Classical Notes, Close Encounters
The New York Times New Chamber Music from Lee Hyla
I Care If You Listen Lee Hyla: My Life on the Plains on Tzadik
This CD includes the Firebird's interpretations of three works, including "danger garden," a volatile, colorful instrumental work inspired by botanical experiments gone awry; "The Beck Journals" Volumes 1 and 2, featuring soprano Jennifer Ashe, which presents introspective settings of diary entries by the late painter Rosemarie Beck as she copes with the male-dominated New York art world of the 1950s, and the expansive textural colors of "Myopia 2" for a virtuoso group of 12 saxophones, and the politically charged intensity of "National Insecurity," composed during the run-up to US military action in Iraq of the past decade.
Released in July 2011 by New World Records, this recording features four recent chamber works by Donald Crockett including to airy thinness beat (2009) - a concerto for viola and six instruments jointly commissioned by Firebird Ensemble and the Harvard Musical Association. Other works on the recording are Wet Ink (2008) for violin and piano, Scree (1997) for cello, piano and percussion and the evocative piano trio Night Scenes (2009) which titles the CD.
The Passion of Scrooge by Jon Deak is a highly imaginative musical setting of Charles Dicken's much loved story - A Christmas Carol. Composed in 1997, The Passion of Scrooge by Jon Deak has the charm, intimacy and drama of an old time radio show and is suitable for all ages. This recording features the elegant and extraordinary voice of Aaron Engebreth - (baritone soloist) who virtuosically portrays multiple characters in Jon Deak's rendition of A Christmas Carol.
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