Inquirer review of Red-tail and Hummingbird

“an excellent (but short) new Kile Smith piece… Red-tail and Hummingbird, was played by both ensembles in separate performances. The Piffaro version had particularly intellectual passion clearly outlining the memorable thematic basis of the piece and showing the music’s distant kinship to Monteverdi’s Orfeo overture…. a rock-solid piece (more rapid and dense than typical Smith) had obscure-sounding dissonances when repeated by Orchestra 2001, which uses different tunings.”
David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 Feb 2013

The link above takes you to the entire review. David Patrick Stearns had mixed feelings about the meeting of old and new in the concerts. He also seemed to agree with many who preferred the Piffaro version of Red-tail. I don’t know, I adore the chiff-like voicing the Renaissance instruments provide, but also love the brilliance and smoothness of the brass. Vive la différence!

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