Review of Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen in New York

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Source: The New York Times.

The violinist Miranda Cuckson and the pianist Blair McMillen, two brilliant artists who play together frequently, performed two of the three works on their just-released ECM album: the second sonata by Bartok (from 1923) and Schnittke’s second sonata (1968).

In place of Lutoslawski’s Partita, the other piece on the recording, they each played a solo work by important American composers who are, Mr. McMillen said, much missed. He performed “Album Leaves,” a set of inventive, charming piano pieces from 2002 by Steven Stucky, who died in February. Ms. Cuckson played Elliott Carter’s “Four Lauds,” musical tributes to colleagues by this modern master, who died in 2012.