Inventing Flight

While I don’t foresee the new film United 93 or the debut episode of Lost coming soon to an airplane near you, Albany has released the perfect concept album for any airline’s in-flight entertainment system. A Celebration of Flight brings together skyward-inspired works by William Bolcom, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, Michael Schelle, and Steven Winteregg. As you might expect, these are big, expressive pieces. Take Bolcom’s Inventing Flight, for instance, which mythically opens with a movement inspired by Daedalus and Icarus. The composer’s sonic drama plays out predictably as Icarus falls earthward, time to usher in the descending scale passages.