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String trio Time For Three (TF3), which includes violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang and bassist Ranaan Meyer, has been praised by Simon Rattle as "benevolent monsters, monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyors of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving." Their album, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, comprises world premiere recordings of two technically demanding and musically virtuosic concerti for trio and orchestra by two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers: Jennifer Higdon’s 2007 Concerto 4-3 and Kevin Puts’ new piece, "Contact." BELOW: By composer Kevin Puts: "Contact" - 2. Codes (Scherzo) (Excerpt):
It's been 10 years since composer Max Richter's "Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Recomposed" topped the classical charts in 22 countries. For this project, Richter's music, which puts a 21st-century twist on Vivaldi's most famous work, is played using Baroque period instruments with gut strings, by the British ensemble Chineke! and American violinist Elena Urioste. Richter calls it "a new trip through the text using Vivaldi’s own colors." The new recording was produced on an analogue mixing desk at Richter’s own Studio Richter Mahr, with the composer himself playing an early Moog synthesizer from the 1970s. Recording at Richter’s newly-built Oxfordshire studio complex, composer and players worked in close collaboration, without a conductor, discussing all aspects of the music, from Baroque instrumental technique to the language and storytelling involved in Vivaldi’s original. BELOW: Max Richter - The New Four Seasons: Vivaldi Recomposed (Trailer):
The twice-Grammy-nominated, Billboard-charting Lincoln Trio — violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian — surveys works by five of Chicago’s most highly lauded contemporary composers on an album that features three world-premiere recordings. The works on this album include the world-premiere recording of Shawn E. Okpebholo's "city beautiful"; Augusta Read Thomas' "a circle around the sun"; Shulamit Ran's "Her Soliloquy"; the world-premiere recording of Mischa Zupko's "Fanfare 80"; and Stacy Garrop's "Sanctuary," another world- premiere recording. BELOW: Excerpts from the album:
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