“Martin Bresnick is one of the great pragmatists in contemporary music, a composer who will use any sound as long as it speaks vividly and makes narrative sense.”
- Alex Ross, The New Yorker
“A major voice” with “a catalog of vibrant, varied and respected works” (The New York Times), Martin Bresnick is the featured composer on this new “Prayers Remain Forever” CD. The album presents the premiere studio recordings of six recent chamber works.
David Lang writes, “this heartfelt, intimate, and very moving CD... is made of works that go deeper than what I was expecting, that become more personal. The pieces spring from the same territory as many of his other works, but they become somehow much more introspective, and they go someplace much darker. They are more painful, more mortal.”
The CD features some of today’s leading new music performers, including Lisa Moore, the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars and “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” (The New Yorker), and cellist Ashley Bathgate, praised for her “rich tone, fluid dynamics and imaginative phrasing” (The New York Times) and a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Starkland releases engaging, compelling recordings
of experimental, avant-garde, electroacoustic, organized sound,
musique concrete, alternative classical, new music.
Catalog features music from
Charles Amirkhanian, Phillip Bimstein, Jay Cloidt, Dick Connette, Tod Dockstader,
Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, William Duckworth, Robert Een, Fred
Frith, Ellen Fullman, Lars Hollmer, David Garland, Aaron Jay Kernis, John King,
Roger Kleier, Phil Kline, Guy Klucevsek, Lukas Ligeti, Keeril Makan, Ingram Marshall,
Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Bruce Odland, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte,
Somei Satoh, Carl Stone, Lois V Vierk, Pamela Z, and John Zorn.
The Kronos Quartet, Ethel Quartet, Turtle Island
String Quartet, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Modern Mandolin Quartet, and
Todd Reynolds are some of the musicians on Starkland's releases.