“Angel Heart” was conceived by Luna Pearl Woolf and Lisa Delan.
“Do you hear it?”
At the beginning, there is only the voice of Jeremy Irons. Then, the sound of strings: high, sparkling filaments of sound that dance around the narrator’s voice like dust particles catching the light.
There is a whispering of wings in the silence of the night.
They’re coming. With feathers as white as snow and faces as bright as the moonlight:
“Angel Heart” is a tender and emotionally astute children’s story told in words and music. Last month it was released as an audiobook CD; on Monday it will be performed live at Zankel Hall with the actor Chris Noth as narrator. Continue reading →
The terrific Matt Haimovitz is back with another fascinating CD, this time featuring the Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi” by Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music OMM 0087). Long-time Glass champion Dennis Russell Davies provides excellent support with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading →
What happens when a pair of music professionals set out to create a CD to share with their kids? In the case of composer Luna Pearl Woolf and soprano Lisa Delan, they enlist author Cornelia Funke, actor Jeremy Irons, and Mirada Studios to help them turn their vision into a multimedia storybook and interactive iPad app. The result is Angel Heart, a CD in mini-hardcover packaging being released September 24 by Oxingale Records. An app is set to follow in early 2014. Continue reading →
Christopher O’Riley performs an illustrious series of Liszt transcriptions—each brilliant, audacious, and sensuous in its own way, a dazzling tribute to the transcriber and architect of keyboard magic. Continue reading →
The Hours Begin to Sing: More Songs by American Composers = JAKE HEGGIE: From the Book of Nightmares; DAVID GARNER: Vilna Poems; JOHN CORIGLIANO: Three Irish Folksong Settings; GORDON GETTY: Four Emily Dickinson Songs; LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Rumi: Quatrains of Love; WILLIAM BOLCOM: Five Cabaret Songs – Lisa Delan, sop./ Kristin Pankonin, p./ Matt Haimovitz, cello/ David Krakauer, clarinet/ Maxim Rubtsov, flute – Pentatone Classics multichannel SACD PTC5186 459, 78:49 [Distr. by Naxos] *****:
I reviewed Lisa Delan’s first issue in this “series” back in 2009, And If the Song be Worth a Smile. I said then “I am not sure I have heard a finer American song album since Songs of America made its debut on Nonesuch about 20 years ago.” Well, guess what? Continue reading →
Performed by Matt Haimovitz-Dennis Russell Davies and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Like a lot of people, I first became aware of Philip Glass’ music through his soundtrack work, especially for the films ‘Koyaanisquatsi’, ‘Kundun’ and ‘Powaqqatsi.’ Something in Glass’ approach Continue reading →
Philip Glass. Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi”. Matt Haimowitz–Denis Russell Davies. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Orange Mountain Music.
Philip Glass makes music that mostly sounds like Philip Glass. His motifs replicate identically, like stem cells that each possess within a tiny tendency to be unstable and to seek out variation. Continue reading →
The music for Philip Glass’ second concerto for cello and orchestra is cobbled from a 2001 film score, Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. Glass seems to have particular success when using Hopi Indian words as musical inspiration. Remember the famous scores to the films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi? …