Magazine article Gramophone

Krash: 'Past Made Present'

Magazine article Gramophone

Krash: 'Past Made Present'

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'Past Made Present'

Young Vilna (a). Sulpicia's Songs (b). Turns of Phrase (c). Cantigas de amigo of Martin Codax (b). Delphi: What the Oracle Said (d)

(b) Emily Noel sop (c) Laura Kaufman fl (a) Robert DiLutis cl (a) Ian Swensen vn (ad) Tanya Anisimova vc (bc) Jessica Krash pf (a) Members of the Washington Master Chorale / Thomas Colohan

Albany (F) TROY1716 (74' * DDD)

The intersection of past and present--past made present, as the disc's title states--is nownere more tellingly realised than in the second of Jessica Krash's two song-cycles on this thoroughly engaging, thought-provoking programme. The Cantigas de amigo of Martin Codax (2015) are seven songs by the eponymous 13th-century Spanish minstrel to which Krash composed a 'modern piano accompaniment ... faithful to the emotional and structural ideas of the original songs'. The result is a truly vibrant fusion of past and present, the piano at times emulating medieval instruments, at others being itself. Krash also composed the vocal part for the sixth song, missing from the manuscript. It is a haunting cycle, full of youthful ardour and steelyeyed wistfulness. …

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