“This massively dark work for flute and orchestra, finally available in a reduction for flute and piano, needs almost no description - just a listen. It's dark. It's lush. It's beautiful, and we've been waiting on it for years. That's all that really needs to be said.” -Simon Berry. Featured in Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company’s Best Releases of 2018 for Flute and Piano is Igor Shcherbakov’s Concerto for Flute. The Concerto is among the composer's most poignant and beloved works. Written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva, the piece has enjoyed performances in Switzerland, Poland, and Shcherbakov's home country of Ukraine. This first-ever publication of the piano reduction and solo flute part makes this concerto available to flutists for recital and competitions. Recording, perusal score, Shcherbakov recent publications and full Best Releases list in the full article.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic, gave the January world premiere of Peng-Peng Gong’s Symphony No. 10, Peking Fantasy. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote of the work: ”...direct musical language...gorgeous...highly original sounds...vivid episodes.” Six World Folk Songs and his Symphony No. 8 were premiered by the Shanghai Philharmonic on April 27th. See full videos and the composer's playlist.
Meira Warshauer was interviewed in April by radio host Bradley Fuller about her Symphony No. 1: Living, Breathing Earth on his South Carolina Public Radio show, Sonatas and Soundscapes as part of the 2019 Earth Day Celebration.
David Schiff has received a commission for a new clarinet concerto from Chamber Music Northwest and its director, clarinetist David Shifrin. Written in the style of a Baroque aria, it will premiere this July 6th at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival in Portland. Contemporaneously, the composer’s retirement from Reed College was celebrated over the course of a three-concert retrospective of his music held in his honor this Spring. Described by Schiff as, “a combination of pieces I wanted to hear again and people I wanted to work with again,” the concert series puts a brilliant capstone on the career of Oregon’s best-known composer.
David Schiff's suite of four pieces by Duke Ellington entitled DUCAL SUITE was dedicated to and premiered by David Shifrin and the Dover String Quartet on July 26, 2017, presented by Chamber Music Northwest. Schiff's arrangement for clarinet and string quartet is a sophisticated urban cocktail.
The Santa Barbara Music Club has been among the most stalwart local chamber music organizations in the US. On December 4, 2017 it presented one of a series of concerts to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of their local musical heros, composer Emma Lou Diemer.
Composer Don Freund has enjoyed several fine performances during the 2017-18 season, during which he celebrated his 70th birthday. On July 27, Alarm Will Sound performed HARD CELLS at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia, MO. The ensemble has become known over the past twenty-plus years since its founding at the Eastman School for creative programming and proved equal to the challenge of this jazzy minimalist work.
This spring, Claude Baker is seeing two of his works performed. His recently-composed work for 24 voice chorus and percussion, Hor Chel'l Ciel e la Terra, will receive its second performance by the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory chorus, conducted by Earl Rivers on April 8. The piece is a creative "reimagining" of the second work in Claudio Monteverdi's eighth book of madrigals.
The first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize, Walker’s music is getting warranted attention during this 95th year celebration of his work. The BBC Proms recently presented his LYRIC FOR STRINGS, an honor rarely given to African American and minority composers.