What ties these CDs together is an intriguing back story, about the emergence of a new generation of classical musicians, with new ideas. Both the artists I reviewed have famous fathers, Ligeti’s being the Ligeti we all know, and Kahane’s being Jeffrey Kahane, the pianist and conductor who’s music director of the Colorado Symphony. And both artists combine classical music with non-classical styles, in Kahane’s case a healthy dose of pop. In fact, I don’t know any music that sits on the knife-edge between classical and pop as much as Kahane’s does. Which contributes to its artistic strength.
If the Journal puts my review on its free website (as opposed to the one you have to pay for), I’ll link to it.