The gongs, bells and metals that are hung by strings next to his piano make Glauco Venier's solo ECM 'Miniatures' debut something of a landmark recording. Solo piano is one thing, and Venier had to be well aware of the iconic performances of such already recorded on this legendary label. Thus, he wanted to add something: his own arsenal of percussive effects.
Beginning March 7-13, the New York Philharmonic will present a week-long program of everything by the French master composer Olivier Messiaen. Shows will take place everywhere from Brooklyn all the way to the Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur.
"If there was going to be music on the planet, I wanted to be involved." -- BRUCE BRUBAKER
"Nearly every child I knew surfed because there's no admission to the sea." -- Kent Nagano
More than half a century since its first performance, with entirely new wars raging, Messiaen's opus resonates still across time immemorial.