June 5, 2018
Tippet Rise OPUS 2017 is the second compilation album to emerge from the summer music season at Montana’s Tippet Rise Arts Center, a 10,260-acre working ranch where monumental sculptures and performance spaces of acoustic perfection nestle against the Beartooth Mountains near Yellowstone National Park. From the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, Tippet Rise OPUS 2017 inhabits the sphere of Daydreams, a whimsical sculpture by Patrick Dougherty where natural willows organically emerge out of an eroding schoolhouse. Featuring an inspired world premiere commission by Aaron Jay Kernis for cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Andrea Lam, evocative turns from violinist Caroline Goulding, percussionist Doug Perkins, and flutist Jessica Sindell, and breathtaking performances from several brilliant pianists in music from Bach to John Luther Adams, Daydreams opens a visionary portal to the past and future.
Aaron Jay Kernis’s jazz-infused FIRST CLUB DATE is the first work in a three-year cycle of commissions by Tippet Rise, which premiered last August. Dedicated to Matt Haimovitzand the composer’s cellist-son Jonah, the work illuminates the musical playground of a boy on the cusp of manhood with double-entendre movement titles like “Puppy Love,” “Matt’s Monkish Machinations,” and “Jonah’s Jive Jump.” Following in the tradition of Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, which set the 20th-century standard, Kernis’s work celebrates the richly textured fabric of American music. Haimovitz and Lam bring electricity and fearless virtuosity to the performance of this vibrant and important new work. Watch a video of the recording session for Movement 4 here.
Violinist Caroline Goulding and pianist David Fung embody the youthful spirit of George Enescu’s Impressions from Childhood, which is drawn from Bukovina folk music. (Watch the live performance from Tippet Rise here.) A range of extramusical violin techniques evokes sounds of daytime, like flowing water, cuckoos, and wind. Birdsong is also heard in Eugène Bozza’s Image for solo flute, performed by Jessica Sindell, which conjures a beautiful pastoral scene. An epic expansiveness saturates Red Arc/Blue Veil by John Luther Adams. Pianist Vicky Chow and percussionist Doug Perkins integrate a wide array of acoustic and electronic sounds into this broad and powerful meditation.
From Tippet Rise’s spectacular collection of pianos we hear beloved works by Chopin and Bach, performed by pianists Yevgeny Sudbin and Anne-Marie McDermott, who anchor the program with their sheer beauty and virtuosity. Pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s America the Beautiful is a gently poignant offering. Says Kahane: “This improvisation is my own deeply personal and heartfelt way of expressing my love for America’s extraordinary – and profoundly threatened – natural beauty, my grief at the way in which her best and noblest values and achievements are under relentless attack, and my prayer that there is yet hope for America’s redemption.”
The Guardian called Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 Domo, the inaugural release in this series, “a gem,” while Audiophile Audition described it as both “mystical and unnerving” and “a brilliant panoply of bustling colors.” The recording features the music of Scriabin, Chopin, Stravinsky, and Antón García Abril, realized live by pianists Yevgeny Sudbin, Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O’Riley, Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Hough, Jenny Chen and Julien Brocal, with cellist Matt Haimovitz, trumpeter Elmer Churampi, and soprano Emily Helenbrook.
Tippet Rise Art Center reopens for its third season on June 29, 2018, one week before the start of its third annual summer music festival which runs from July 6 through September 8. It features the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s String Quartet No. 4 (musica universalis), the second work composed for Tippet Rise, among other highlights. For further information please see: www.tippetrise.org
Founded by artists Cathy and Peter Halstead, Tippet Rise Art Center celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each amplifying the other. Tippet Rise’s 10,260 acre working sheep and cattle ranch features large-scale sculptures and other works by some of the world’s foremost artists and architects, including Ensamble Studio, Mark di Suvero, Stephen Talasnik, and Alexander Calder.
By: Music News Desk
Read at: Broadway World