Sorbet was written for Richard Dyer, on the occasion of his retirement from writing for the Globe, where he was chief music critic for more than 25 years. I was initially intimidated by the prospect of writing music for someone whose job it is to tear it apart, not least because it was my first official “commission.” I ended up latching onto the first idea that came to me, namely that a critic spends most of his time doing what most people do only on special occasions. It’s a pretty enviable position, on one hand, though I think it must take a whole lot of dedication to drag yourself to the orchestra night after night, or even to eat at restaurants all the time if you are a food critic. What I felt I could provide is the “sorbet” between courses, something of a light palette-cleanser that also would be a good preparation for listening to longer, heavier music.
ListenTimo Andres: Sorbet
recorded by Jay Wadley at CSMT in Sprague Hall, New Haven, CT, January 2008
performers Timo Andres, piano