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Boulez Reviews!

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Callithumpian performs Boulez

Callithumpian performs Boulez at Seully Hall

Congrats to our ‘Thumpers, and many thanks to all who came to experience Boulez first-hand at Boston Conservatory!  From The Faster Times, Matthew Guerrieri writes, “If there’s an ensemble better suited to this sort of thing than the Callithumpian Consort, I don’t know of it—given the kind of Moore’s-Law-esque acceleration in musical training, there’s doubtless far more musicians able to navigate Boulez’s tangles than when it was written, but the Consort (reflecting the predilictions of its director, pianist Stephen Drury) combines that ability with a devil-may-care, caution-to-the-wind flair. So this Le marteau—conducted by Jeffrey Means—was not only technically secure, but confident enough that Boulez’s touches of timbral character and narrative came to the fore…”

And more from Guerrieri: “Soprano Jennifer Ashe sang all three works on the program, a feat for which tour de force seems strangely inadequate. Ashe’s voice, silvery and fine-spun, was lithe and lucid from top to sometimes wickedly deep chest-voice bottom, with enough clarity to delineate the precipitous lines and carry them through often busy instrumental traffic. To simply make it through such a trio of scores on one program is testament enough to skill and technique; to do so with style, the illusion of ease, and an intelligent interpretive point of view is kind of mind-boggling. Those wild, leaping, coursing, uncompromising lines have rarely sounded so good.”  Read the entire review here.

From the Boston Globe, Harlow Robinson writes: “…“Séquence’’ (1955), the lone Barraqué piece performed with gusto on Thursday by the intensely focused members of the Callithumpian Consort and new music diva soprano Jennifer Ashe, who displayed remarkable pitch control amid apparent sonic chaos. A cool Jeffrey Means conducted. Based (sort of) on a dense text by Friedrich Nietzsche and scored for an eccentric ensemble including violin, cello, piano, harp, celesta, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, and unpitched percussion, “Séquence’’ creates a hypnotic, shimmering, multilayered world whose underlying mathematical complexities bend and boggle the mind.”  Read more of this review here.

Coming up next: we’ll be performing Earle Brown, Michele Zaccagnini, Morton Feldman, and a world premiere by Tamar Diesendruck on December 3rd, 2010 at New England Conservatory.  8:00 pm, free admission. See you then!

Enjoy the holiday!

webbottress.

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Boulez Festival in Boston

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Thank you to all who came to our Harvard Group for New Music concert last Saturday!  Our classic ‘Thumpers – Jessi Rosinski, Rane Moore, Gabriela Diaz, Benjamin Schwartz, and Jeffrey Means – performed music by Harvard composers Trevor Bača, Josiah Oberholtzer, Ian Power, Sivan Cohen-Elias, Sabrina Schroeder and Ann Cleare.  We came across kind remarks by Richard Green, who expressed his admiration in Callithumpian’s liveliness and tightness in “thorny pieces” — read the rest of his review here.

This week we’re over at Boston Conservatory for the 2010 Boulez Festival.  Thursday night will kick us off, with the amazing Jennifer Ashe performing Le marteau sans maître (1954), Improvisation sur Mallarmé I, II (from Pli selon Pli, 1962), and Jean Barraque‘s Sequence (1956), with Jeffrey Means conducting.  Friday’s concert will be a variety of Boulez’s acoustic and electroacoustic works, with Michael Norsworthy in Dialogue de l’ombre (1985) for clarinet and tape, Gabriela Diaz in Anthems 2 (1997) for violin and electronics, and Sonatine for flute and piano (1946) with Sarah Brady and Yukiko Takagi.  Cellist Rhonda Rider, on faculty at Boston Conservatory and at Boston University, will be performing Messagesquisse (1977) with conservatory cello students.

All concerts are FREE, starting Thursday evening at 8pm, Seully Hall at the Boston Conservatory: 8 The Fenway, Boston MA.  For more information and concert details, click here.


Hope to see you there!

your friendly
webbottress.