Release Date: June 12, 2020
Record Label: Navona Records NV6289
Performers: Gloria Cheng
Ovidiu Marinescu’s Rorrim for cello and piano makes the start. Loosely based on a motif by Johann Sebastian Bach, it could be called a concept piece: its title, “mirror” spelled backwards, is reflective of the mirrorings and variations of Bach’s fragment therein. Bruce Babcock continues on a similar note with his riskily-titled Alternative Facts, a piece for solo piano characterized by a deceptively simple, mechanical main rhythm repeated in complex harmonies. As announced in the title, a deliberate systematic confusion prevails, and with astonishing accuracy.