, October 2012
It’s strongly…tonal music that reflects numerous diverse musical influences, and it’s beautifully crafted and always interesting.
Bunch…describes the CD as a collection of some of his favourite and most deeply personal chamber works of the past decade.
Each of the five movements of String Circle for string quintet (with two violas) pays tribute to a particular kind of American string music: the highlight is a brilliant all-pizzicato movement evoking banjos and ukuleles.
Drift is a charming trio for clarinet, viola and piano; 26.2, for French horn and string trio, celebrates and depicts the composer’s first running of the New York City marathon with his wife…4
The final title track, for string quartet, string bass and drums, is a spirited full tilt romp that follows the development of water in a kettle as it gradually escalates to the boil…
All in all, a delightful CD of solid, captivating pieces, beautifully performed and recorded. © 2012 The WholeNote