Esopus CD #16: Composers

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For this issue’s CD, we asked composer and pianist Anthony Cheung (whose essay “New Colors: Notes on Composing in the 21st Century,” opens the magazine) to curate an audio compilation that would give the Esopus audience a sense of the range of music being created today by both emerging and established composers. Cheung’s liner notes on the artists and their selections on the CD offer an excellent introduction to what he terms the “eclectic dialogue” that invigorates contemporary composition.

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Anthony Cheung
Excerpt from vis-à-vis
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The music of composer and pianist Anthony Cheung has been performed internationally by the Ensemble Modern, Musiques Nouvelles, and the Orchestre National de Lille, among others. A 2004 graduate of Harvard University with a joint degree in music and history, Cheung obtained his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2010. In 2006, he was awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which also honored him with the Charles Ives Scholarship in 2003, and won first prize in the 6th International Dutilleux Competition. 

PLAYLIST
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Anthony Cheung
Excerpt from vis-à-vis
02
Enno Poppe
Excerpt from Rad
03
Tristan Murail
Excerpt from L'esprit des dunes
04
Fausto Romitelli
Excerpt from Professor Bad Trip, Lesson 1
05
Steve Lehman
Echoes/Travail, Transformation, and Flow
06
Unsuk Chin
Immense Voix from Cantatrix Sopranica
07
Marcos Balter
Excerpt from Portmanteaux
08
Wang Lu
Excerpt from Wailing
09
Bernhard Lang
Excerpt from DW 16, Songbook 1
10
Ryoji Ikeda
Principle from dataphonics
11
Benedict Mason
No. 2 for glass plastic and metal with air fire and water
12
Alex Mincek
Excerpt from Nucleus
13
Augusta Read Thomas
…mountainous atmospheres of sky and sea…(Homage to Debussy)
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