Remarkable new-music ensemble eighth blackbird has won Grammy awards for its last two albums on Cedille Records – and now the group returns with meanwhile, an album showcasing the kaleidoscopic variety of contemporary classical music. Always dazzling and exuberant, eighth blackbird here present world premiere recordings of works by Stephen Hartke, Missy Mazzoli, and Roshanne Etezady alongside well-known works of Glass, Adès, and Hurel.
Wow, those are breathtaking compositions! Mostly, they belong to the contemporary classical category, with very strong - and quite fascinating - post-minimalist influences. Occasionally, borderlines to other genres are crossed, most notably in "forced march", with its rock-orientated drums and guitar parts. Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)