After yesterday's meh, things are picking up today, musically anyway...
Here's a YouTube of Christopher D. Lewis playing the Philip Glass Concerto for Harpsichord & Orchestra with Nicole Paiement conducting. I think the unusual timbre, for Glass music anyway, is refreshing.
The composer on the commission:
I found the invitation intriguing for several reasons. For one, I have always been an admirer of the literature for harpsichord, had studied some of the music from the Baroque period quite thoroughly, and have played a bit of that music myself. Secondly, I knew that the modern day harpsichord was capable of a fuller, more robust sound than was available in "period" instruments and might make a handsome partner to a modern chamber orchestra.
best of today's listening:
- Christopher D. Lewis. Philip Glass. Concerto for Harpsichord & Orchestra.
- Dennis Russell Davis. Lou Harrison: Solstice/Canticle #3. A Summerfield Set for Solo Piano.
- Christopher O’Riley, Matt Haimovitz. Shuffle.Play.Listen. Pyramid Song.
- Arctic Monkeys. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. A Certain Romance.
- Thelonious Monk. The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings. Abide with Me.
- Rebecca Saunders. Musica Viva Festival 2008. Blue and Gray. Via composer Drew Baker.