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Who is Nico Mulhy and should I care?

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Comment from thomas Bartlett
Time: March 10, 2007, 2:55 pm

“Muhly”
and he’s a good composer, so yes, you probably should

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: March 10, 2007, 7:32 pm

Muhly, sorry. There’s a profile of him in Sunday’s New York Times. I went over to Rhapsody and listened to his (presumably) first album Quiet Music, currently number five on the Rhapsody classical charts which, of course, immediately raised red flags, as did the fact that I immediately liked it. Small ensemble works, very engaging, and melodic with some surprises, the thinking man’s Michael Nyman. Immediate impression is here is a man who was born to score Sophia Coppela films.

Until the last piece on the CD, which is the only one to use voice as part of the texture. Nothing you’ve heard before quite prepares you it. He’ll still do the Sophia pictures but if he wants to stretch himself a bit he could be this generation’s Ned Rorem.

Comment from Trevor Hunter
Time: March 11, 2007, 2:12 pm

He’s also man of the month over at NewMusicBox (that’s him behind the teacup).

Comment from Rodney Lister
Time: March 11, 2007, 7:42 pm

Well, he’s a really knowledgeable and musically accomplished person and, I think, a really interesting composer. And, something I appreciate a lot, completely un-ideological. So, I think you probably should care. And maybe you could be a little less patronizing about him.

One piece not on the CD which I think is terrific is By All Means.

Comment from Corey Dargel
Time: March 12, 2007, 4:19 pm

I had the pleasure of hearing an unreleased recording of his settings of several sections from THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE which was extraordinary. The music, not to mention the production values, on SPEAKS VOLUMES is excellent. It helps that Nico is a lovely person as well!