Mirage? Concertos for Percussion CD | Review: CBC Music

[…] The question mark in the album’s title is not a typo. It comes from the title track, Mirage?, by Canadian composer Christos Hatzis. Composed during the months following the economic crisis of 2008, Mirage? is “permeated by a sense of sadness, and at one point, despair,” according to Hatzis’s notes on the work. “It is lamenting the loss of something pleasurable that could not be held onto.”

The other contemporary work on the album, Kaluza Klein, is composer Michael Oesterle’s cogitation on a 1921 theory by Theodor Kaluza and Oskar Klein that proposed a fifth dimension — a notion central to string theory. “The Kaluza-Klein theory remains a byword for elegance in physics and math,” writes Oesterle, who strove for an analagous harmony between the vibraphone and the strings in his composition.

Corelli’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 12, was written for violin and continuo but is played here in an arrangement for marimba, vibraphone and strings by Karl Jenkins. At its core is La Folia, the Spanish dance that was so popular in the 17th century and whose wild variations suit Glennie’s temperament to a T.

Glennie herself arranged Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C Major for vibraphone and string orchestra. Any doubts you may have about the vibraphone’s suitability for a baroque concerto will disappear upon hearing this wonderful performance.

“Mirage? Concertos for Percussion” CD was released on the 16th February 2018

February 8th, 2018

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