4 And More Music


Brown, Elizabeth (b. 1953)


Brown, Elisabeth / Momenta Quartet / Verdery, Ben / Pro Musica Nipponia

New World Records
0093228075127 | NW 80751 | 1CD
The music of Elizabeth Brown (b. 1953) revels in paradox, but of a subtle kind. The strangeness of the music sneaks up on you; its liquid, mellifluous quality masks a far more radical stance. Seemingly irreconcilable instrumental timbres coexist peaceably: shakuhachi with string quartet, theremin with guitar, Partch instruments with theremin. The music is blessed with an old-fashioned gift for clear and singable melody . . . except for the fact that the tune keeps bending and melting. There is a genuine romantic sensibility, yet it exists in a soundworld that can only be avant-garde.