5. Duo Runedako
Benjamin Broening: Recombinant Nocturnes
Duo Runedako is pianists Ruth Neville and Daniel Koppelman; they actually perform together on only two pieces, though those are the second- and third-longest tracks; one is for two pianos, the other for piano four-hands. Another track is Neville alone; the other ten are by Koppelman alone, though in one case he's playing four pianos via overdubbing. Furthermore, one of the duo tracks is the combination of two solo tracks. As the composer puts it, "The interconnected pieces of Recombinant Nocturnes all share the same musical DNA: materials, gestures, rhythmic ideas and brief melodic fragments drift from one piece to another in the set, constantly recombining in new ways...." On two tracks, he adds an electronic element, but largely this music is a meditative exploration of bell-like timbres deployed in kaleidoscopic patterns. The nocturnal title is apt; shadows and flickerings of light dance about, intertwining in striking juxtapositions.