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Welcome to my blog. Here I will be posting reviews of contemporary classical music recordings released mainly within the last year—although there may be some older stuff reviewed from time to time.

  1. CHAYA CZERNOWIN: Infinite Now (on OperaVision) | Lili Reviews

    Chaya Czernowin is an Israeli composer and Harvard professor with extensive experience working in a stylistic realm that draws inspiration from spectralism, free improvisation, new complexity and, most notably, sonorism. Infinite Now is an opera that was premiered in Ghent, in April, 2017, by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, and it was this performance that was streamed on the YouTube channel OperaVision in July 2020, with the availability to watch for six months since the stream. The opera itself draws
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  2. MICHAEL PELZEL: Gravity's Rainbow | Lili Reviews

    Certainly an arresting opening track! The thick, forceful sonorities are unashamedly blasting away in the foreground for the first six minutes of the large scale Mysterious Anjuna Bell before dissipating into quieter sonic landscape, showcasing the bells quite a fair bit more literally. However, the whole idea of bells, and bell-like sonorities permeates the work, sometimes implicitly through a wash of sound evoking a bell choir.

    This is a composer who comes at music from a very
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    Updated Mar-15-2020 at 00:01 by Lilijana

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  3. EVA REITER: Noch sind wir ein Wort ... | Jess Reviews

    Eva Reiter Noch sind wir ein Wort ...

    There are six pieces on this release of works composed between 2009 and 2017 by recorder player, early music specialist and composer Eva Reiter; but despite her extensive early music experience, don't mistake her compositions for neo-baroque pastiches (at least not all the time)! In reality, beginning with Noch sind wir ein Wort ... for contrabass recorder, double bass, choir and electronics, we are thrust into an utterly unashamedly original
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    Updated Jan-06-2020 at 04:17 by Lilijana

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  4. MARCO MOMI: Almost Nowhere | Jess Reviews

    Marco Momi Almost Nowhere

    There are three pieces on this, and only the third with which I am already familiar. Ludica III includes an array of electronic sounds in conjunction with the more traditionally acoustic sounds drawn from Nikel, the featured ensemble on this disc made up of saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and piano. Although this is something I would certainly love a lot, unfortunately some of the electronic diffusion might sound better on speakers rather than headphones
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