The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Heresy Records Heresy 015

There’s no lack of think­ing be­hind Ser­bian-Amer­i­can pi­anist Ivan Ilic’s new CD, which brings to­gether eight slow-mov­ing pieces by Scri­abin (one is even called Poème lan­guide), John Cage (Dream and In a Land­scape), Mor­ton Feld­man (Palais de Mari) and Scott Wollschleger (Mu­sic With­out Metaphor). Ilic’s for­go­ing of con­trast ap­plies to his style of play­ing as well as his choice of reper­toire. He is strong on the pat­tern-mak­ing of mu­sic in which reg­u­lar­ity of de­liv­ery, how­ever haloed, stained or blurred by the sus­tain­ing pedal, is un­likely to come across as an un­al­loyed virtue. To my ears the mu­sic seems rather strait­jack­eted by the con­cept, the ex­pe­ri­ence of lis­ten­ing be­com­ing akin to a lec­ture or the demon­stra­tion of a point of view.

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