Available Oct. 15 2021
"A rare musician who has mastered both understatement and over-abundance and the truly remarkable ability to bring these things together."
Citrus, My Love
“Delicate and darkly melodic … Strikingly beautiful … subtly ravishing”
Starkland’s re-issue of Guy Klucevsek’s “Citrus, My Love” album, out of print for over 25 years, replaces a gaping hole in this master accordionist’s discography. The release offers two substantial works composed for dance, Citrus, My Love (1990) and Passage North (1990), separated by another piece Patience and Thyme (1991). Listening today, Klucevsek finds the music is “solemn, introspective, and incredibly personal.”
“It broke my heart when the ‘Citrus, My Love’ recording went out of print” Klucevsek wistfully recalls. Originally released in 1993, the CD was abandoned just two years later when the RecRec Swiss label disappeared. Starkland’s re-issue presents all of the original notes, along with new, updated materials.
In addition to a standard digital album (the music and a thorough 10-page booklet), there is a special Bonus package consisting of the standard album and exclusive access to 13 new videos, during which Klucevsek discusses each track, the release as a whole, his compositional techniques, and influences ranging from choreographers he’s worked with to various composers, including Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.
Klucevsek’s hand-picked Bantam Orchestra adds three distinguished string players to his accordion: Mary Rowell (violin/viola); Erik Friedlander (cello); and Jonathan Storck (doublebass).
"Beautifully raw and authentic"
-Sharps & Flatirons
“This excellent CD is a truly remarkable addition to the singer/piano repertoire.”
– Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Soprano Danielle Buonaiuto’s debut album offers premiere recordings of 19 songs from 4 emerging composers: Douglas Buchanan, Natalie Draper, Cecilia Livingston, and James Young. These lovely, gorgeous songs will appeal to those who enjoy accessible melodies and traditional vocal beauty.
Buonaiuto’s performances have been praised for their “terrific clarity and color” (Baltimore Sun), her “entrancing and fluid” singing (DC Metro Theatre Arts), and her “ethereal vocals” that reveal “exquisite vocal technique and luscious colors” (OperaWire).
The album includes the sizzlingly virtuosic “Heathen,” the infectiously sultry “Rival,” and the tender, haunting “Saguaro” from James Young’s Marfa Songs; the “outstanding beauty of sound, sensuality, dance rhythms, and wonderful new ideas” (Bryn-Julson) in Cecilia Livingston’s two works; the effective tone-painting in Natalie Draper’s O sea-starved, hungry sea; and the richly melodic Scots and Waters from Douglas Buchanan, a “skilled composer does not imitate, however, and reveals his own distinctive voice” (Bryn-Julson).
- Steve Smith, Night After Night
Eye to Ivory
“Intimate, violent, roaring, serene”
– Joan La Barbara
This release from the widely acclaimed, leading-edge pianist Kathleen Supové features electronics, theatrics, extended techniques, Yamaha Disklavier, and vocals ranging from humor to horror. The New York Times has observed, “What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it.”
The album presents the premiere recordings of Mary Ellen Childs’ readily engaging Eye to Ivory; Nick Didkovsky’s dispassionately shocking Rama Broom; Guy Barash’s technically sophisticated Talkback IV; Randall Woolf’s laugh-fest In The Privacy of My Own Home; and Dafna Naphtali’s Landmine, composed for Supové playing a Yamaha Disklavier, the Disklavier playing itself, along with Naphtali’s real-time processing.
La Barbara also writes, “Kathleen Supové has built an extraordinary career as a solo artist performing almost exclusively contemporary works, many of them composed for her and often commissioned by her. For this courageous choice she has been showered with an impressive array of awards, prizes, and well-deserved recognition. This collection should certainly garner her more.”
Heard on Starkland
California EAR Unit
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Aaron Jay Kernis
Lois V Vierk