Airy: Music for Violin and Piano
Released on Bridge Records 9402. September 30, 2013.
“The intriguing, crisply performed new album, Airy: John McDonald Music for Violin and Piano is just out from Bridge Records with the composer at the keys along with Joanna Kurkowicz on violin. It’s a series of mainly short, wary, acerbic, sometimes atmospheric, sometimes incisive works written between 1985 and 2008. A handful of them are etudes. Minimalism is the usual but not always defining idiom here. Moments of virtual silence are pierced by anxiously leaping motives; subtle humor occasionally breaks the surface.”
– Lucid Culture, November 13, 2013. Read full review.
Gentle but Uneasy Dance Music
Performed by A Far Cry string ensemble, Jordan Hall, Boston, January 11, 2013.
“The work is simultaneously pensive yet affable, using spare orchestration to highlight miniature motives.”
– The Boston Musical Intelligencer, January 13, 2013. Read full review.