Album: Richard Rijnvos, Uptown/Downtown (Challenge Classics)
Saturday 04 August 2012
Dutch composer Richard Rijnvos believes that New York epitomises "the precarious equilibrium between chaos and order", a principle borne out in the two triptychs that comprise Uptown/Downtown.
All six pieces reference American composers, most obviously in the title echo of Ives's "Central Park in the Dark", and the Ivesian use of two orchestras in "Manhattan Square Dances", combined with a Feldman-esque compositional process eschewing narrative development.
And alongside direct quotes from Gershwin in the evocative bustle of "Grand Central Dance" can also be discerned the frantic, exclamation-mark cartoon music of Carl Stalling, with its scurrying ascents and descents, like a character trapped in Tex Avery surrealism.
Arts & Ents blogs
Lights Out begins with Will Schuster telling the New Directions about the competition for Regionals ...
Mathew Jonson has been a hero of mine for quite some time now. His timeless piece, Marionette, was o...
We love London for its multiculturalism, so we’re all about that cross-cultural life this weekend by...
Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain among the front-runners to play Hillary Clinton in Rodham
Blue movie wins the Palme D’Or – but will Britain get to see it uncut?
First sight: Arrested Development; Season 4, Episode 1 Netflix
Believe the hype: Daft Punk get lucky as album becomes fastest selling of the year
Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.