“There’s nothing quite like the hypnotic experience of being immersed live in the shimmering, thrumming, pealing sound cloud created by these instruments,” wrote Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in her review of Augusta Read Thomas’ Composer Portrait for The New York Times. Fonseca-Wollheim was referring to Thomas’ percussion work Resounding Earth performed by Third Coast Percussion, whose “members were a delight to watch, moving with a riveting blend of precision and fluidity.”
This performance marked the New York premiere of Resounding Earth, as well as the world premiere of Selene, a new octet for the two ensembles performing that night: Third Coast and the JACK Quartet.
“An ambitious piece taking in a wide range of moods and sonic landscapes,” wrote Fonseca-Wollheim, “it received a premiere so persuasive and well balanced as to make a case for the percussion-string octet as a new standard form.”
“Review: Augusta Read Thomas’s Spiritual ‘Resounding Earth’” by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim for The New York Times. Published March 6, 2015.