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Angela & Jennifer Chun, Nico Muhly — Philip Glass: In the Summer House / Mad Rush; Nico Muhly: Four Studies / Honest Music (April 15, 2016)

Angela & Jennifer Chun, Nico Muhly

 Angela & Jennifer Chun, Nico Muhly — Philip Glass: In the Summer House / Mad Rush; Nico Muhly: Four Studies / Honest Music (April 15, 2016)
♠★   ♣   Beyond the concert stage, Muhly is a sought–after collaborator across genres. He has worked on multiple occasions with choreographer Benjamin Millepied on scores for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the Paris Opera Ballet. Additionally, he collaborated with choreographers Kim Brandstrup and Wayne McGregor on Machina (2012) for the Royal Ballet, and, for choreographer Stephen Petronio, composed I Drink The Air Before Me (2010), an evening–length work featuring a children’s choir. As an arranger, Muhly has paired with Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), among others. He has also written for theater and film, contributing scores for the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany, and for the films Kill Your Darlings; Me, Earl and the Dying Girl; and the Academy Award–winning The Reader.♣   Enhancement does come from Harmonia Mundi’s sound, recorded at an auditorium at Drew University in New Jersey; even more so than the well–engineered recordings on Glass’ own Orange Mountain Music label, it gives the music clean, abstract lines.                                                 © Nico Muhly, Photo credit: Samantha West
Born: August 26, 1981, Vermont, United States
Location: Lower East Side section of Manhattan in New York City
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music
Album release: April 15, 2016
Recording date: July, 2014
Record Label: Harmonia Mundi
Duration:     37:23 + 19:28 => 56:51
Tracks:
Four Studies 
01 I. Suspensions     4:24 
02 II. Fast Canons     3:51 
03 III. Slow Canons     3:52 
04 IV. Open Notes     3:11 
05 Honest Music     7:17 
06 Mad Rush     14:48 
In the Summer House 
07 1. In the Summer House / 2. My One and Only Hope / 3. Gertrude’s Paradise     3:28 
08 4. Mr. Solares’ Picnic Lunch / 5. [—]     2:47 
09 6. Molly Is a Dreamser / 7. Enter Vivian / 8. The Beach / 9. Lionel & Molly     2:35 
10 11. Vivian’s Death [conclusion] / 12. Gertrude Leaves Summer House     2:41 
11 13. Left Alone     1:01 
12 14. The Lobster Bowl / 15. Back to Sad Things / 16. I Knew You Would Come Back [excerpt] / 11. Vivian’s Death [beginning]     3:13 
13 17. When I Was a Little Girl     3:43
Written by:
♣   Nico Muhly     1, 2, 3, 4, 5
♣   Philip Glass     6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Awards:
Billboard Albums
♣   2016 Glass: In The Summer House / Mad Rush, Muhly: Four Stiudes / Honest Music Top Classical Albums      #10                                     © Nico Muhly, photographed by Matthew Murphy
Credits:
♣   Geneviève Begou Liner Note Translation
♣   Matthew Bennett Engineer
♣   Alexandra du Bois Arranger, Transcription
♣   Angela Chun Violin
♣   Jennifer Chun Violin
♣   Benjamin Ealovega Photography
♣   Karin Elsener Graphic Design
♣   Heidi Fritz Liner Note Translation
♣   Philip Glass Composer
♣   Brad Michel Editing, Engineer, Session Producer
♣   Nico Muhly Composer, Keyboards, Piano
♣   Matthew Murphy Photography
♣   Steve Pyke Photography
♣   William Robin Liner Notes
♣   Robina G. Young Executive Producer
≡♠≡   The music on this recital was specifically written or arranged for duo violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. It highlights the personal and professional connections between Philip Glass and Nico Muhly, a longtime colleague and admirer of Glass’s work. Glass’s miniaturist works, Mad Rush and In the Summer House, create a maximum effect when paired with Muhly’s minimalist Four Studies and Honest Music.
≡♠≡   The sister duo of Jennifer and Angela Chun is to be commended for imaginative commissions, and the music on this Harmonia Mundi release is no exception. The growing fame of American composer Nico Muhly has rested in substantial part on choral music and its large British contemporary repertoire in particular, but he worked as Philip Glass’ copyist, and the influence exerted by American minimalism on Muhly’s music snaps into focus with this release. In the Four Studies, the only totally original work of the four on the album, the influence comes perhaps more from Steve Reich than from Glass, with the precisely executed, phase–shifting counterpoint of the Chun sisters above Muhly’s own keyboard foundation. The other Muhly piece, Honest Music, is an intriguing transcription: a remaking of an original for violin and electronics into a work for two violins. Muhly perhaps outdoes his mentor here: the two works by Philip Glass are a bit less successful than his own, both transcriptions. Mad Rush is a two–violin version of an early piano piece (1979, based on a still earlier organ work). It’s pure minimalist Glass and effective enough in a violin version, but In the Summer House, a 1993 suite of incidental music for voice, violin, cello, and synthesizer, does not really succeed as abstract music and is not enhanced by the transcription. ♣   Enhancement does come from Harmonia Mundi’s sound, recorded at an auditorium at Drew University in New Jersey; even more so than the well–engineered recordings on Glass’ own Orange Mountain Music label, it gives the music clean, abstract lines.AllMusic Review by James Manheim;  Score: ***½
♣   The sister duo of Jennifer and Angela Chun is to be commended for imaginative commissions, and the music on this Harmonia Mundi release is no exception. The growing fame of American composer Nico Muhly has rested in substantial part on choral music and its large British contemporary repertoire in particular, but he worked as Philip Glass’ copyist, and the influence exerted by American minimalism on Muhly’s music snaps into focus with this release. In the Four Studies, the only totally original work of the four on the album, the influence comes perhaps more from Steve Reich than from Glass, with the precisely executed, phase–shifting counterpoint of the Chun sisters above Muhly’s own keyboard foundation. The other Muhly piece, Honest Music, is an intriguing transcription: a remaking of an original for violin and electronics into a work for two violins. Muhly perhaps outdoes his mentor here: the two works by Philip Glass are a bit less successful than his own, both transcriptions.
♣   Mad Rush is a two–violin version of an early piano piece (1979, based on a still earlier organ work). It’s pure minimalist Glass and effective enough in a violin version, but In the Summer House, a 1993 suite of incidental music for voice, violin, cello, and synthesizer, does not really succeed as abstract music and is not enhanced by the transcription.
♣   Enhancement does come from Harmonia Mundi’s sound, recorded at an auditorium at Drew University in New Jersey; even more so than the well–engineered recordings on Glass’ own Orange Mountain Music label, it gives the music clean, abstract lines.  Website: http://nicomuhly.com/biography/ © Photo Ana Cuba
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Angela & Jennifer Chun, Nico Muhly — Philip Glass: In the Summer House / Mad Rush; Nico Muhly: Four Studies / Honest Music (April 15, 2016)

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