WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Veil: Chamber Music of Greg D'Alessio / Ars Futura Ensemble


Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6181  
Composer:  Greg D'Alessio
Performer:  William BenderRobert NicholsonJohn PerrineGunnar Owen Hirthe,   ... 
Conductor:  Pablo Devigo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Greg d'Alessio's Veil offers a cross-section through all the facets encompassing modern classical composition as well as an impressive portrait of the composer's unique voice and development over two decades. Veil’s chronological track order allows the listener to follow the progression of both the music and the man behind it. Veil and Thread are D'Alessio's early chamber works, very much reflective of the conviction and clarity characteristic of the young composer, built on a thoughtful yet passionate blend of traditional structure and instrumentation with experimental effects. Enter Sono Solo and the turmoil begins. Befitting the meaning of their Italian title, Sono Solo paints an accurate, solemn portrait of solitude, a soulful, Read more introspective lament that is not without instances of enlightenment and self-assurance. Now's the Time picks up with a higher energy level, intertwining jazz rhythms and harmonies with D'Alessio's ever-present pursuit of a carefully constructed, airy musical architecture. Elements of it are still experimental – but now with the greater determination of a matured composer. After Ending forms the transcendent climax of the album. The two-part work contrasts a profoundly lyrical first movement with a strongly rhythmic finale reminiscent of Shostakovich's late symphonies. They, too, harken back to the stark contrast of the D'Alessio's early work, but now with the aplomb of someone who's confident that he has achieved mastery in his field. What stands out about Veil is the astonishing ease with which two opposing concepts are reconciled: The diversity of modern composition in its widespread applications, and the profoundly personal, individual journey of a singular composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Veil by Greg D'Alessio
Performer:  William Bender (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Thread by Greg D'Alessio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Sono Solo by Greg D'Alessio
Performer:  Robert Nicholson (Cello)
Conductor:  Pablo Devigo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Now's the Time by Greg D'Alessio
Performer:  John Perrine (Alto Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
After Ending by Greg D'Alessio
Performer:  Gunnar Owen Hirthe (Clarinet), Victor Beyens (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Futura Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title