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Francesca Dego continues her Mozart Violin concerti cycle with Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 5. "I am thrilled with these recordings, probably the last I will ever make," said Sir Roger Norrington. "I’ve spent 60 years trying to make sense of Mozart’s elusive style, and these performances come as close to my ideal as any I have been part of. Francesca’s technically perfect, ecstatic playing, always in keeping with eighteenth-century scholarship, yet simple, playful and youthful, is a wonder." Dego said that "working with Sir Roger on all of the violin concerti has been my most exhilarating musical journey yet. His knowledge is so profound that everything makes sense, from articulation to musical gesture, but his approach is charming, crisp and theatrical." BELOW: Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 "Turkish": III. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
"MoonStrike" is a universal celebration of storytelling, space, and folk song. The title work, MoonStrike, by Chickasaw composer and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, is narrated by Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington, the first American Indian citizen to fly in space. All three works were commissioned by Apollo Chamber Players as part of its 20x2020 project, launched in 2014 with a mission to commission 20 new multicultural works before the end of the last decade. The album also includes Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s "In the Shadow of the Mountain" (2020) and Pierre Jalbert's L'esprit du Nord "Spirit of the North" (2019). BELOW: Tate's "MoonStrike." (If you wish to obtain a free PDF of the music, click here to e-mail Jerod Tate):
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