Magazine article Gramophone

Malsky

Magazine article Gramophone

Malsky

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Malsky 'Geographies & Geometries--Chamber Works' Archipelago of Regrets3. -42.489[degrees] 108.756[degrees] (Elegy) (a). Escaping the Delta (b). Same River Twice (c). Subtending the Right Angle (d) (a) Worcester Chamber Music Society; (b) C-Squared; (cd) Radius Ensemble / (d) Jeffrey Means Ravello [F] RR7891 (61' * DDD)

Composer Matthew Malsky makes his second appearance on disc with a 25-year retrospective headlined by -42.489[degrees] 108.756[degrees], an astounding elegy for two violas, whose nerdy title and gnarly content could make it Sheldon Cooper's theme song on The Big Bang Theory. And while the pieces on this disc aren't really computer-generated, they are conceptually engineered to increasingly small tolerances, and at times they sound very pleasantly that way.

From its arresting tremolo start, -42.489[degrees] 108.756[degrees] (conveniently subtitled 'Elegy'), is all that an elegy for two violas can be: edgy and languorous, tormented and tormenting, fashioned in the form of a palindrome but with an unpalindromic surprise at the end. …

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