Ruders Edition Volume Six
One would be hard-pressed to find another composer as versatile and versicoloured as Ruders. He has a gift for discovering and exposing sonorities within an orchestra that you would never think possible, or for juxtaposing unusual instrumental combinations that one would usually discard, and making them fit together perfectly.
Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean...its attention grabbing sound that seamlessly goes hand in hand with the subject matter. Pieces are at once shocking, haunting, mysterious, humbling or awe-inspiring.
The solo violin piece Bel Canto, with melancholy beauty...and expressive character.
The impressive Piano Concerto No 2...it is certainly a masterful work, imposing many technical demands on the pianist. The two outer movements are frenzied, hyper-active hubs of activity. The infal movement in particular ends with a mad dash of energy. The middle Semplice...leaves a profound impression that stays with you long after hearing it, and is made even more memorable by the fact that it's nestled between two movements that reside at completely opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Ruders is one of those rare composers who has tmanaged to carve a language out of a perfect balance of old and new, intellectual and emotional. Highly recommended.
Jean-Yves Duperron, www.classicalmusicsentinel.com, 4/1/2011