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In Performance: Verge Ensemble

In today's Washington Post:

Verge Ensemble's Sitting Pretty, by Anne Midgette.

It's great to see a Washington-based contemporary-music group with a burgeoning national profile (and I didn't even mention their residency at the Cleveland State University). It's unfortunate to see that there don't appear to be any reviews of their appearance at June in Buffalo, a new-music festival for composers and performers founded by Morton Feldman that I mentioned earlier this summer, although the local critic did review one concert, and the new-music website Sequenza 21 was on the case. Here we see, by omission, the role that music reviews can play in helping those interested follow the field. (My constant refrain: reviews do more than simply promote ticket sales.)

More Verge Ensemble news: my favorite CD this week is the new recording of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues by the pianist Jenny Lin, a New York-based member of the group. It's a terrific performance of an underrated set of pieces: highly recommended.

By Anne Midgette  |  September 15, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  local reviews  
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Thanks for the tip on the Lin disc - I am listening to it now on Lala and am enjoying it immensely. There is beauty in brevity.

Posted by: azender | September 15, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I also second the recommendation on the Lin performances. But, buy it at It's only $14 for the two disc set including shipping. Why pay more than twice as much from Amazon, Arkiv or elsewhere?

Posted by: newcriticalcritic | September 16, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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