As the title of this newest release by Albany Records promises, it is a real tour de force for the bravissima American pianist Eliza Garth. The series of thirteen preludes written by Sheree Clement over almost forty years (!) surprisingly draw a rather uniform parable, characterized by a progressive traversal beyond the boundaries of tonality to arrive at a harmonically harsh language, though not without moments of contemplative and introspective beauty. La Clement loves to work with quick figures of notes that run in very complex rhythmic passages, to be often hampered by abrupt interruptions or impervious detours. If I had to mention a reference for these works, I would summon Elliott Carter's Night Fantasies. Equally virtuosic, although very distant from the stylistic point of view, is the composition Of Points Fixed and Fluid by Perry Goldstein, an author who likes to juxtapose musical materials of a different character and style, sometimes opposite - in the manner of Stravinsky or, more recently, Fitkin -, developing them separately and then colliding them, triggering dense and tension-rich dynamics. In this case, the contrast is between a hypnotic sequence of repeated notes and a set of syncopated figures that recall jazz. The way in which Goldstein applies this technique is personal and remarkable, as demonstrated also in other previous compositions (I am thinking, for example, of the Blow saxophone quartet). In this case, the conclusion is less pacified and leaves something (deliberately) unresolved, even in the context of a precise formal design. Eliza Garth moves at ease in such diverse expressive worlds, which demonstrate the vitality of contemporary music, especially American, for piano.
As part of the 2018 Composers Now Festival in New York City, Eliza Garth will perform works by Sheree Clement and Perry Goldstein, celebrating the March release of Tour de Force - her new CD on Albany Records featuring Clement and Goldstein. The Festival performance will take place at 7:30PM on Friday, February 9, at the Tenri Cultural Institute, located at 43 W 13th St, in New York City. Admission, at the door, is $20 General; $10 Students/Seniors.
More info about this event and about the 2018 Composers Now Festival.
The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices and honors the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ASCAP Foundation, the Cheswatyr Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund and the Newburgh Institute for the Arts and Ideas.