Thursday, January 6, 2011

NYT Review of Stephen Clarke's LPR performance on Jan. 3

A review by Allan Kozinn of Stephen Clarke's dense and shifting performance of works by Scelsi and others.
Stephen Clarke, a Canadian pianist who revels in the challenges of difficult new music, played a concert at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday evening to celebrate the release of “Giacinto Scelsi: Piano Works 4,” his latest contribution to the Mode label’s CD series devoted to this idiosyncratic Italian composer’s music.

But Mr. Clarke did not confine himself to the music on the disc: though he began and ended with substantial, if early, Scelsi scores, he also played pieces by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji and Horatiu Radulescu, composers who shared the passion for dense, shifting textures and sharp-edged rhythms that was a hallmark of the music Scelsi wrote before 1960.

Read the full review here.

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