Louis Andriessen: La Passione

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Andriessen was a featured composer at Other Minds 16. (Currently OUT OF STOCK at BMOP/sound. We have 2!) Cristina Zavalloni, mezzo-soprano; Monica Germino, violin; Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose, conductor [Excerpt from a Gramophone review by Jed Distler, November 1, 2009] In his book The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross calls Louis Andriessen "the only major European minimalist." You wouldn't know that from the four works on this disc. True, there's repetition, but not in the Glass/Riley/Reich sense of the word. Scored for percussion and three keyboards, the opening work, Bells for Haarlem, is built from long sustained chords that strike at unpredictable intervals, with a subtle melody taking shape as the piece progresses. The other three works showcase mezzo-soprano Cristina Zavalloni, who fuses jazz/pop vocal technique, classical musicianship and a strong acting ability in ways similar to the late Cathy Berberian, with whom Andriessen worked… Read full review here: http://www.bmop.org/news-press/spirited-and-pliable-performances-subtle-emotive-european-minimalism

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