"In its first CD, the Concord Chamber Music Society, a fine group of Boston Symphony musicians (launched and directed by violinist Wendy Putnam), has enshrined pieces by three composers that have appeared on recent programs. All three composers have ties to the Boston area; two of the works (Chris Brubeck and Michael Gandolfi) were commissioned by the society; all have folk elements that make them appealing and accessible.
"Best of all is Gandolfi’s “Line Drawings,’’ a 2009 commission that consists of five short pieces for violin, clarinet, and piano. Inspired by Picasso’s drawings, Gandolfi set himself the task of writing quickly and spontaneously (as Picasso drew), and the results are highly enjoyable and playful.
"The ensemble is consistently excellent, and the musicians switch into jazzy and bluegrass passages without any Symphony Hall stiffness. The San Francisco label, Reference, has captured a clear sound in Worcester’s famous Mechanics Hall." - David Perkins
Labels: Boston Globe, Concord Chamber Music Society, Reference Recordings, Review