William Susman's 'Collision Point' finds a middle-ground between pure charm and Reichian repetition / ANEARFUL 'Best Of Classical 2019'
As far as music that I covered throughout 2019, this is the second largest category. Find the best in composed music about which I've already written along with special items that I either missed along the way or that came out late in the year.
Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi - William Susman: Collision Point - While the name of the title piece may imply drama or even violence, this album is instead an inviting collection that finds a middle-ground between the pure charm of those mid-70's Claude Bolling albums and Reichian repetition. The culmination of a 10-year collaboration with "the little academy of mirrors," the pieces reflect Susman's deep engagement with their unusual instrumentation of flute, saxophone, violin, cello, and piano four-hands, and the players fulfill their briefs with an appropriately light touch.