"The chamber ensemble of the Orchestra of St. Luke's featured four New York composers [Chester Biscardi, Martha Mook, Greg Sandow, and Joan Tower] on an important program of new music presented at the Chelsea Art Museum on Saturday afternoon. The recital is part of their Second Helpings series, wherein the performance is reprised upstate at Dia: Beacon on Sunday . . .
Finally, violinist Krzysztof Kuznik,violist Louise Schulman, and cellist Myron Lutzke accompanied Ms. Feeney and Ms. Kampmeier in the world premiere of the Piano Quintet of Chester Biscardi, head of the music department at Sarah Lawrence College. Yes, accompanied is the correct word, as the piece is really a duet for violin and piano with a modern version of a string continuo.
The work is inspired by the long-distance relationship of Telemachus and Odysseus, and Mr. Biscardi read a Homeric stanza as a prelude. The composer creates an ancient atmosphere with a craftsmanlike usage of string color, somewhat reminiscent of the orchestral parts in Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia." The offsetting of the characters was interesting both sonically and dramatically, and the performance was certainly first-rate."