Review by: Robert Zierolf
Much interesting music is being made in Northern Europe these days. On Nuove
musiche, Rolf Lislevand performs and leads an international ensemble of seven
musicians improvising on Baroque period instruments. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
compositions are faithfully rendered while simultaneously offering opportunities
for intuitive elaboration.
Performers embrace the printed pages to the extent that only careful listening
reveals derivation from the extant scores. "Remixes" and "smashes"
of existing music, usually at high volume and computer-manipulated along with
abstract video projections, are all the rage in some circles these days. Nuove
musiche likewise takes existing music and "remakes" it with mild,
tasteful improvisation, bringing a fresh, attractive approach to the repertoire.
If you want to start with an acoustic "remix" trend, this is the
Zierolf is Professor of Music Theory and
History and Division head of Composition,
Musicology, and Theory at the College-Conservatory
of Music, University of Cincinnati. He is
also a freelance writer on classical music.