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Resonance is an exploration of the acoustical and emotional resonance of the sound of the guitar within the context of new music. The album is a collection of contemporary solo guitar music and electro-acoustic pieces (wor... more »
Resonance is an exploration of the acoustical and emotional resonance of the sound of the guitar within the context of new music. The album is a collection of contemporary solo guitar music and electro-acoustic pieces (works for guitar and pre-recorded electronic sounds). The CD includes four premiere recordings by composers Nils Vigeland, Soonjung Suh, Judah Adashi, and Peter Gilbert, and versions of two seminal works from the contemporary repertoire by Mario Davidovsky and Elliott Carter. Guitarist Daniel Lippel has received critical acclaim for performances of both contemporary and standard repertoire.
Warm and Musical
AT-12-Tone | Princeton, NJ USA | 03/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Daniel Lippel's second release on the Focus label is a wonderful album that, although somewhat skewed towards Modernist aesthetics, provides an excellent overview of the wealth of classical guitar music presently being written in the United States. The playing is uniformly excellent and Mr. Lippel is able to bring a shining musicality and much welcome warmth to composers such as Davidovsky and Carter whose performances have all too often favored a strident astringency of interpretation. Also impressive is the great tonal variety Mr. Lippel is able to coax from his instrument.
What distinguishes this album however is the care and forethought that went into its compilation. The album is framed by pieces that pair the guitar with electronics and generally moves from older to newer music. The result feels like a coherent musical journey instead of the bric-a-brac feeling of so many other instrumental collections. For me, the two standout moments on the disc are Nils Vigeland's Sonata (the second movement of La Folia Variants) and Soonjung Suh's Garak. The latter seems tailor-made to Mr. Lippel's aforementioned timbral virtuosity, while the former possessed some absolutely ravishing harmonies. In conclusion, Resonance is a top-notch effort that should appeal to both contemporary music fans and more general admirers of the classical guitar repetiore.