Songs in the Ground–recorder and harpsichord
Galhano/Montgomery Duo: Cléa Galhano, recorder; Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord
Label: Ten Thousand Lakes (The Schubert Club), SC 114
The Galhano-Montgomery Duo performs music for recorder and harpsichord based on the ground and variation principles, including Rigadoons, a medley of neo-Baroque dances which David Evan Thomas wrote for them in 1998. Also on the CD: music of the Italian Baroque; Vivian’s striking rendition of the Bach Passacaglia in C minor, and John Morrison’s wicked and whimsical Twisted Little Ground.
David Evan Thomas has been honored with two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, Thomas studied at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress and several other publishers. Thomas lives in Minneapolis.
Reviews of Rigadoons:
“Quite a bit longer at a little over 15 minutes, Rigadoons was composed by David Evan Thomas in 1997. It is a suite of five movements: Fancie, Furlana, Le Tambourin, Balanço and Finale. The harmonic and rhythmic language here is more familiar than in John Morrison’s piece, but composer Thomas has supplied such an abundance of invention and sheer compositional high spirits that the listener’s interest never flags. Once again, the authentically convincing performance by the Duo sweeps all before it. I hope both these pieces have already entered the professional recorder repertory. These two American composers have made an important contribution to performers and audiences alike. –Tim Broege, American Recorder, March 2004″
–Tim Broege, American Recorder Magazine
“A highlight of the CD. I can imagine movements such as Furlana and the lively Tambourin becoming firm favourites with concert audiences the world over.”
–Adam J. Dopad, Recorder Magazine (London)