David Eagle and Hope Lee’s “Renew’d at ev’ry glance” reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

David Eagle and Hope Lee, “Renew’d at ev’ry glance,” Tracks: 4, Playing time: 66′ , Booklet pages: 16, © 2008 Centrediscs, CMCCD 13708

This album has an arc like shape. It begins with David Eagle’s eponymous 19 minute mosaic of sonic tesserae produced by varied combinations of five performers on violin, piano, flutes, clarinets and percussion. Markedly tentative and delicate, the image of jagged filigree best describes this 1985 composition.

Dynamic energy flows upward in Hope Lee’s “Fei Yang [driven by the wind] (2000).” Joseph Macerollo’s masterful accordion growls, roars, and surges among propulsive rhythms of the excellent Accordes String Quartet. The energetic continuity of this piece is remarkable.

David Eagle’s “Breath” (1998), with the Accordes Quartet and an electronic soundfile blend a nature soundscape of grating branch rattle and snap of sticks with bird twitter and heavy breathing. Hope Lee’s “Voices in Time  (1992-4)” performed by the 16 piece New Music Concerts Ensemble with Lee’s soundfile completes the arc shape of the disc with weather-related stormy, wavy, fluidities that are somewhat meditative but still dynamic and wakeful.

The phrase “Renew’d at ev’ry glance” works as a title for this album that mingles the work of two composers because the details and the shape of the music here, so carefully made and artfully assembled, reward repeated listening with pleasure and insight.

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