The Bottom Line
- Easley Blackwood is a modern day compser, pianist, and theorist.
- Charles Pikler is the principal violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- Gary Stucka has been a cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1986.
- Mix of tonal and atonal music.
- A few of the performances sound tired and lackluster.
- Released: April 2005, Cedille Records
- 1 Disk, 14 tracks
- Total Play Time: 71:48
Guide Review - Easley Blackwood Chamber Music for Piano and Strings
Easley Blackwood's compositions span nearly fifty years. Normally, you would see a progression of ideas, styles, and techniques with composers, but with Easley Blackwood, each work is completely separate. He doesn't stick to one path of composition; he allows himself to compose in all types of styles. Easley Blackwood is a masterful piano player, theorist and composer. His piano playing is enough alone to listen to the album; Charles Pikler and Gary Stucka are equally admirable.