Great new music, first rate performances
D. B. Rathbun | Washington, DC United States | 08/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Speculum Musicae is an ensemble didicated to performance of contemporary music. It was founded by Don Palma, bassist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum's members include Stephen Taylor, Allen Blustine, Curtis Macomber, Bill Purvis, Susan Nidel, Jayn Rosenfeld, Carol Zeavin, Eric Bartlett, and others, all affiliated with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In essence, Speculum Musicae IS The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing contemporary music. These performances are all first rate. Sanford was associated with Princeton University, and composed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Rosenzweig conducts the Chamber Players of the League-ISCM New York, and has been commissioned by the Emerson Quartet, Speculum, and others. Eric Moe founded Earplay and is affiliated with the Univ. of Pittsburg. This is all very relevant music, and deftly performed. This disc is a must for anyone wanting to stay abreast of recent developments."