Who’s Zosha di Castri? She is a residing composer, somebody within the Up to date Trendy camp in her personal manner. A portrait album of a cross-section of her work has been out since late final yr and it’s a very worthwhile program. Tachitipo (New Focus Recordings FCR227) has been on my weblog playlist this previous week. I’m glad to publish on it at present.
There’s a whole lot to love on this portrait, some six works by numerous performers and configurations.
The title piece “Tachitipo” (2016) is probably the most prolonged of the works at 24 minutes. It’s scored for 2 pianos, two percussionists and electronics. There are machine-like, automata-like passages for dampened or ready strings on the piano and percussion elements working collectively for one thing one gladly rises as much as encounter in a single’s listening thoughts. They’re like islands scattered amongst extra fluid oceanic expressions, the latter “quasi-improvisatory textures that includes microtonal washes of pitch,” within the composer’s phrases. The contrasting blocks work collectively to go away a definite impression of newness, of a pronounced virtuosity of sonarity. Just like the 1823 Italian typewriter mannequin for which the work is called it proceeds, the composer suggests, “one key at a time,” or in different phrases in sectional steps. Yarn/Wire carry out the work with enthusiasm and creativeness.
Chronologically the album opens with an a capella vocal work “The Animal After Whom Different Animals are Named” (2013) for six voices and electronics. It is among the extra diffuse items and the vocal group Ekmeles jumps into all of it with a flourish and a relish. The work appears at getting old, of the voice and the human being as an entire. I’m not certain I might have began the set out with this one, solely as a result of it calls for a good quantity of focus on the a part of the listener, however like all New Music one ought to listen from the primary, so irrespective of.
The next “Cortege” (2010) for 13 musicians thrives within the energetic studying given it by the Talea Ensemble underneath Lorraine Vaillencourt. It in keeping with the composer got here out of an inspiration involving a procession, an odd, “relentless succession of individuals and sounds.” The piece is full of rollingly explosive interactions, every part of the passing scene, as if one have been watching a parade from a window. It additionally offers the sensation of “impending loss,” as on the eve of a metropolis falling into enemy arms or the inexorable lack of a lover as Zosha suggests. The work is sort of exemplary of a thoroughgoing Expressionism that by no means flags and regularly morphs.
Enter subsequent the JACK Quartet, who deal with di Castri’s “Quartet No. 1” (2016) with a aptitude. The ensuing tumultuous music rebounds off the imagination-receptive ear fairly properly. Virtuoso elements, deep energetic forays and a way of cosmic proportions makes this one starter in case you are auditioning the album. It is rather idiomatically string-oriented, boisterously alive, an excellent instance of how the string quartet continues to be a context the place the extra critical gestures can flourish.
The complexities and sprint of the solo piano “Dux” (2017) rivets the eye, then retains it centered on itself all through the 11:40 efficiency time. It contrasts the extremes with the center registers as a wide-ranging entire and locations particular calls for on pianist Julia Den Boer that she tackles with heroic depth. That is fantastically wild piano music that will get the adrenaline going.
Lastly there’s “La forma dello spazio” (2010) for a quintet of flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello. Rising to the event is the Worldwide Up to date Ensemble underneath Vaillancourt. The performers are to be auditorally positioned concerning the room or soundstage, expressing motion in opposition to stasis as would a cell. Every instrumentalist is given a flexibility inside a set type of continuousness. The blissful entire has dynamic thrust and a hypnotic meditativeness.
So there we now have it. Zosha di Castri exhibits herself on this album to be a voice of particular originality and expertise, an imaginative and creative power. The performers give the music their rapt consideration and expressive zeal. Extremely advisable for these New Music followers prepared for one thing very new and invitingly expressed.