Magazine article Gramophone

'The Way Things Go'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Way Things Go'

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'The Way Things Go'

Festinger The Way Things Go Halle Gaze Kaminsky Duo Mackey Crystal Shadows Moe All Sensation is Already Memory B Reynolds Share Woolf Righteous Babe Tara Helen O'Connor fis Margaret Kampmeier pf Bridge (F) BRIDGE9467 (74' * DDD)

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What is most striking about Tara Helen O'Connor's affectionate assemblage of music for flute and piano, written with one exception after the turn of the new century, is how close the flute and piano parts work to establish character, carry the narrative and share the most brilliant parts. Five of the seven works were composed for her and pianist Margaret Kampmeier, and they inhabit the music as if the interactive nature of their musical partnership were their paramount concern and pleasure. Among the seven, which all seem eager to make very pleasant sounds at the very least, Steven Mackey's Crystal Shadows, John Halle's Gaze and Belinda Reynolds's Share stand out, while Eric Moe's All Sensation is Already Memory deserves a nod for its fluent virtuosity. …

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