Written to celebrate the Olivier Messiaen centennial in 2008, Lieuwen scored Gulfstream for the same instruments as Messiaen’s landmark Quartet for the End of Time: clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. The work is a musical representation of the Gulfstream current, conceived as the composer reflected upon its influence on weather and global climate change. Reviews of the Naxos (8559692) recording by the Enhake Ensemble follow.
“(Gulfstream) brims with infectious syncopations and good humor, and is clearly the product of a composer well acquainted with drawing on ecological phenomenon as inspiration.”
“Lieuwen’s style is truly eclectic and draws upon everything from minimalism to impressionism to – even – touches of Messiaen”… “a wonderful single movement piece that flows, much as the waters it depicts, through tonalities and moods.”