I Put a Spell on You

Reviewing the Radius Ensemble.
Boston Globe, May 9, 2007.

Cut for space was mention of my favorite movement of Silenzio, the fourth one: whispery notes hammered directly on the strings’ fingerboards with muted accordion clusters. Accordion with strings is such a great combination. (The players for that one were Biliana Voutchkova on violin, sympathetically joined by cellist Agnieszka Dziubak and Cory Pesaturo, playing the bayan part on a Western piano accordion with a deft hand, particularly with the instrument’s finicky delicate registers.)


  1. After enduring a January weekend of some of Gubaidulina’s most turgid, overblown music, thank you for reassuring me that <>Silenzio<> is as great as I remembered it, having only heard it once at a nightclub concert fifteen years ago. During that fourth movement, everyone in the room started breathing in the same slow rhythm that underpinned the music.


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