Source: New World Records.
John King: Free Palestine
Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi, violins; Ljova Zhurbin, viola; Yves Dharamraj, cello; with John King, oud*
Even before you’ve heard a single note of Free Palestine by the composer and instrumentalist John King (b. 1953), the work may well have made an impact for its title alone: a seeming reference to one of the more daunting, divisive sociopolitical conditions in modern global history.
Peter Garland: The Birthday Party
Aki Takahashi, piano
On first hearing, the piano music of Peter Garland (b. 1952) creates a feeling of dislocation, then astonishment: It is so very different from the contemporary concert music we are familiar with. The composer’s intent, his emotional directness is immediate – despite the unusual sound world and different sense of time that these pieces exhibit.