Fanfare Reviews Elena Ruehr's New Album:
"Jane Wang Considers the Dragonfly"
33:1 Sept|Oct 2009
— excerpt from review by Robert Carl
"Back in summer of 2007 I recommended Elena Ruehr’s opera, "Troussant and the Spirits," released on Arsis (Fanfare 30:5). I ended the review with a plea to hear more of Ruehr’s music. My wish has been granted.
Ruehr’s chamber music is lovely. She crafts her materials with an experienced hand, fully aware that less is more. The first piece, 'The Law of Floating Objects,' is Ruehr’s own take on Galileo’s experiment that refuted Aristotle. “The landscape changes but the musical law is constant” is how Ruehr pithily describes her piece. The flutist, the excellent Sarah Brady, is multi-tracked to very beautiful effect. This is an astonishingly restful way to start the disc, almost Oriental in its sense of contemplation."