Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Quartets/The Orford String Quartet - disc 1 - consisting of and String Quartet in F Major, op. 18 no. 1 and String Quartet in E Flat Major, op. 127. The chasm between early-Beethoven and late-Beethoven is made abundantly clear by the juxtaposition of these works. The creative growth that this composer went through between these two works is astounding. I will need to dwell on these string quartets.
Available Jelly: Monuments. After hearing Michael Moore play with ICP last week I had a good idea there would be a wealth of material worth checking out from this fine reedsman and composer/arranger. Available Jelly is an 8-piece group consisting of:
Eric Boeren - trumpet, alto horn
Jimmy Sernesky - trumpet
Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tobias Delius - tenore sax
Gregg Moore - trombone, tuba, mandolin, electric bass
Alexei Levin - piano, accordeon, organ
Eric Calmes - bass and bass guitar
Michael Vatcher - percussion
Monuments features compositions by Gregg and Michael Moore and Eric Boeren. This 1993 disc is excellent. I love the sequence of textures that unfolds with this group. Look for plenty of Moore on future rotations.
Terry Riley: Cadenza On the Night Plain. Released in 1984, this was the original collaboration between Terry Riley and the Kronos Quartet. I've been applying ears to Riley lately and "Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector" is one reason why. Conceptually, this is music with a narrative form that works well. And it's one reason why I've looked toward applying narrative form to my own compositional work.