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 Corridors of Light: Music of William Ferris  Corridors of Light: Music of William Ferris
Corridors of Light offers world-premiere recordings of four choral and orchestral works by revered American composer and choral director William Ferris (1937-2000).
 The Beethoven Project Trio  The Beethoven Project Trio
The piece is an original reworking, by Beethoven himself, of his String Trio, Op. 3, though he finished only the first movement. In a concert review, Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein wrote that the work “casts revealing light on the master’s working methods. . . . The piano part abounds in forte and piano contrasts that lend surprise and color.”
 Biber: Mensa Sonora  Biber: Mensa Sonora
Biber’s Mensa Sonora (meaning ‘Harmonious Table’) was music composed for aristocratic dining, though it is anything but superficial background music. The disc closes with the 10-part Battalia for strings, which uses several unique devices for the time: hitting the strings with the wood of the bow, placing paper under the strings of the basses to imitate a snare drum, snap pizzicatos, and folk songs rendered simultaneously in several different keys to portray drunken soldiers.
 Songs from Spoon River, Reflections of a Peacemaker, and Other Vocal Music by Lita Grier  Songs from Spoon River, Reflections of a Peacemaker, and Other Vocal Music by Lita Grier
Cedille Records presents a career-spanning collection of sublime songs by celebrated Chicago composer Lita Grier, who has crafted contemporary settings for works by illustrious English and American poets.
 Wendy Warner Plays Popper & Piatigorsky  Wendy Warner Plays Popper & Piatigorsky
A "characterful cello soloist" (The Guardian) noted for her "sensitive, polished performances" (Fanfare), Ms. Warner turns her attention to late-Romantic works by composers who were the superstar cellists of their day, focusing her full-frequency tone and artful interpretation on works by David Popper (1843-1913) and Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976).
 Poetic Inspirations  Poetic Inspirations
Performances by oboist Alex Klein, former principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchesta, and his friends Richard Young, violist of the venerated Vermeer Quartet, and Brazilian pianist Ricardo Castro, winner of the 1993 Leeds International Piano Competition.
 Snowcarols  Snowcarols
Nominated for the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Music, William Ferris's Snowcarols receives its world premiere recording by the William Ferris Chorale, directed by Paul French
 Britten & Bliss  Britten & Bliss
The esteemed Vermeer Quartet joins forces with phenomenal oboist Alex Klein in three pillars of 20th-century British chamber music by Benjamin Britten and Arthur Bliss.
 American Orchestral Works  American Orchestral Works
"[Carlos] Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra perform . . . with exuberance, commitment and edge." - The New York Times
 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: A Celebration  Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: A Celebration
This CD celebrates the life of innovative American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), whose accomplishments spanned the worlds of jazz, dance, pop, film, television, and classical music.
 fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski  fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski
On fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski, the contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird performs works showcasing the broader chromatic palette of an American master best-known for his piano music.
 Easley Blackwood Chamber Music  Easley Blackwood Chamber Music
The compositions on this recording span nearly fifty years - from Op. 1 (1953), Op. 7 (1960), and Op. 22 (1968), through Op. 43 (2001).
 Wind Concertos by Cimarosa, Molique, and Moscheles  Wind Concertos by Cimarosa, Molique, and Moscheles
Flutist Mathieu Dufour and oboist Alex Klein -- current and former principal players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra -- shine as soloists in a CD of neglected gems from the early Romantic era.
 Robert Kurka: Symphonic Works  Robert Kurka: Symphonic Works
"10/10 -- I have no hesitation in acclaiming this disc as one of the most important and rewarding releases of 2004." (ClassicsToday.com)
 Piano Espaņol  Piano Espaņol
"Osorio is a major pianist...[and] if you want the best possible introduction to Spanish piano classics, played by the successor to de Larrocha, get this gorgeous-sounding recording." (Fanfare)
 Dmitry Paperno: Through the Years  Dmitry Paperno: Through the Years
Pianist Dmitry Paperno performs works by sixteen different composers from Bach and Rameau to Scriabin and Shchedrin.
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