Richard Wernick: Concerto for Cello and Ten Players

…a true chamber piece where each of the players brings something special to their many solo gestures. …“Passacaglia” puts the listener on edge when it begins with otherworldly percussion and string unisons. And then comes the long cadenza. Breathing heavily, our hero snarls, cries, and reflects, and by the end of his monologue all he seems to have left is one low note he can’t help but repeat. A solemn open fifth in Wernick’s colorful orchestration provides the work a mythic sense of closure, the kind that’s both solid as stone and begs to live out its magic again.

–Jarrett Hoffman,