Ariadne's Lament - Mary Jane Leach

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Ariadne's Lament - Mary Jane Leach 56:13 $11.98
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1 O Magna Vasti Creta 09:26 44.1/16 Album only
2 Call Of The Dance 10:06 44.1/16 Album only
3 Windjammer 10:24 44.1/16 Album only
4 Tricky Pan 09:47 44.1/16 Album only
5 Ariadne'S Lament 08:24 44.1/16 Album only
6 Song Of Sorrows 08:06 44.1/16 Album only

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Two of the pieces draw their material directly from Renaissance works: Ariadne's Lament from Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, and Tricky Pan (for solo countertenor and tape) from the 14th-century poet and composer Solage. The languages Leach sets--early Italian and French, Ancient Greek, and Cretan--also evoke a sense of connection to a remote past. In contrast to most of her contemporaries, Leach's music is from the aesthetic which favors prolongation, resonance, long statements of subtly varied persistence. In that sense, her music is both easy to follow and mellifluously unpredictable. She has a careful ear for pacing and structural unfolding, often building her pieces to ardent expressive arrivals. Past and present meld in a music of ethereal and limpid beauty.

"Here's a nice contrast in postminimalism with the Lentz below, both major examples of the new choral style. Leach's works stay closer to minimalism; they are flatter in form and don't stray from the opening tonality. However, within her sometimes conventionally contrapuntal idiom, she wrings all the hair-raising dissonance she can muster from every half-step clash available. Gee, the music seems so well behaved, why is it ringing with acoustic beats? Cream of the crop are two a cappella works by the New York Treble Singers, but 'Windjammer' is one of Leach's finer instrumental pieces, and 'Tricky Pan' a clever reworking of an early 14th-century chanson by the rhythmically tricky Solage. A MINUS"