Ravello Records presents ANIMATED SOUNDS, a multimedia release from composer Gheorghe Costinescu . The album showcases works by Costinescu from a varied and illustrious career spanning more than half a century.
The first half features pieces such as the virtuosic Sonata for the Piano and Essay in Sound , performed by pianist Stephen Gosling, and the expressive Voices Within , performed by violinist Vesselin Gellev. Eric Huebner performs two inventions from the larger work Evolving Cycle of Two-Part Modal Inventions for Piano , which uses the Baroque invention to explore Romanian folk music. Soprano Lucy Shelton, with Costinescu and Gosling at the piano, performs the bilingual song Why Do You Wail and Te Legeni and the cycle Nine Portraits from the Wild , which includes gestural directions for the singer.
The second half showcases Costinescu's work and collaborations in multimedia. His One-Minute Tribute: 9/11/2001 for percussion quartet is paired with his poignant animation of a photograph by Dan Nguyen of the installation Tribute in Light. An abstract animation by Michele Gagne complements Costinescu's pioneering electronic work Dots, Lines, and Patches , responding to its crackling, spontaneous sound world. Tai Chi on the Hudson , performed by the Voxare...