Song from the Uproar (The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt)

Song from the Uproar (The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt) by Missy Mazzoli
Released: Nov 2012
Label: New Amsterdam
Initially conceived as a multimedia chamber opera about early 20th century renaissance woman Isabelle Eberhardt, this piece proves its mettle as an audio-only experience. Composer Missy Mazzoli has a post-minimalist streak, which means she's quick with a memorable hook (try the piano line on "Interlude," and the bass clarinet that opens "The world within me is too small"). But she can also plot a dramatic arc within a movement, with moments of spareness leading to clamorings. The NOW Ensemble was literally born to play music like this. An important document of the New New York classical scene.
Seth Colter Walls
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