'Nova'

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'Nova'


Vittes, Laurence, Gramophone


'Nova'

Chan Daughter's Lullaby Engebretson Two Duos Ivanova Aftertouch CJ Kim 9 Years LM Lewis Three Etudes P Schroeder Metaphors A Sternfeld-Dunn Alto Saxophone Sonata Szewczyk Apparitions Courtney Huffman sop Phillip Schroeder narr/bass gtr Michael Gordon fl Marty Walker, Robert Woolfrey cls Eric Palmquist asax Yuna Lee vn Aaron Merritt vc Matthew Manwarren, Daniela Mineva, Emily Sternfeld-Dunn pfs Seth Ruse perc Due East; Bartok Trio / Emil Sein; University of Southern California Thornton Symphony Orchestra / Donald Crockett

Navona (F) NV5917 (60' * DDD)

Society of Composers' latest collection of new music

For its 27th annual 'Nova' CD championing music by 'established and emerging' composers, the Society of Composers, Inc, has chosen music that certainly communicates directly from the brain (as befits its education-tinged roots as the American Society of University Composers) and occasionally from the heart.

Vera Ivanova's Aftertouch creates almost tangible sensations of cool, glowing tones, inflected with a wry sense of humour, heightening the effect of Mark Engebretson's beguiling 'Duo East'. Chan Ji Kim's 9 Years dynamically explores the colour contrasts between clarinet and cello, both doing bad things, and piano. There is Piotr Szewczyk's magical Apparitions for a mixed quintet and Alan Chan's enchanted Daughter's Lullaby for soprano and orchestra. Phillip Schroeder's Metaphors is an ethereal response to Arkansas poet Marck L Beggs's dissociated tangents of time.

Taken together or in any configuration, each piece consists of deeply absorbing sounds more in the spirit of the beat generation, laced with its hallucinogenic tendencies, than to classical music. …

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