New World Records Releases

Source: New World Records.

Peter Thoegersen: Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality

Peter Thoegersen, synthesizer

The author of these notes has spent his life explaining radical music, and the music on this disc may be the most radical I’ve ever written about. Peter Thoegersen (b. 1967) is not yet a name known to the music world; not for any lack of connection to other famous musicians, but because he came to composition late, and because his artistic aims are so broad and complex that they have taken years to evolve. His aesthetic is well defined, and he is upfront about having a name for it: “Polytempic Polymicrotonal Music.” That means he has musical layers simultaneously moving in different tempos, plus, even more radically, that he has different microtonal scales playing at the same time. Few composers have aimed at such fervent and heterogeneous multidimensionality. And yet, while Thoegersen’s music can seem overwhelming at first, running through it is a level of charm and simplicity that belies the initial impression.

Catherine Lamb: Atmospheres Transparent/ Opaque

Ensemble Dedalus:
Didier Aschour, electric guitar, music director; Amélie Berson, wood and metal flutes; Cyprien Busolini, viola; Yannick Guédon, voice, treble viola da gamba; Thierry Madiot, trombone; Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, saxophone, synthesizer; Christian Pruvost, trumpet; Silvia Tarozzi, violin; Deborah Walker, cello, voice

This recording is an excellent introduction to the distinctive sound world of Catherine Lamb (b. 1982), who studied with James Tenney and Michael Pisaro, in that it documents a recent large-scale piece that epitomizes her compositional aesthetic, Prisma Interius IX (2018), and was recorded under the composer’s supervision.