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Music by Laura Kaminsky / Ensemble Pi; Cassatt Quartet; Colorado Quartet

Album Summary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Vukovar Trio
>Kaminsky, Laura : Cadmium Yellow, for chamber ensemble
>Kaminsky, Laura : Music for Artur, suite in 6 movements, for piano
>Kaminsky, Laura : Duo for cello & piano
>Kaminsky, Laura : Transformations, for string quartet
>Kaminsky, Laura : Triftmusik, for piano
>Kaminsky, Laura : Wave Hill, for violin & piano
Performer Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Laura Kaminsky is an astute and voracious listener. For decades, the journeys her ears have taken have benefited audiences in her native New York City through all the concert programs she has presented at venues like Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Roulette, The New School, and Symphony Space, where she currently serves as Artistic Director. But in addition to the staggering amount of music of others she has made available to the public, she has also crafted a formidable oeuvre of original musical compositions that are deeply individual responses to the world around her. Social and political themes have been common in Kaminsky's work, as has an abiding respect for and connection to the natural world. Her music has also been deeply informed by her extensive travels - from Eastern Europe and West Africa, to throughout the Americas. All seven works featured in this recording - the first devoted exclusively to her music - share common elements. Prevalent is the persistent use of irregular rhythms, repeating patterns that shift constantly as well as the narrative aspect of the solo and chamber works.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The rest of the program consists of Kaminsky's First Quartet, Transformations, written at the turn of the century and a colorful and exciting work, played with conviction by the Colorado Quartet. We also have her Fifth Quartet of a total of six so far, subtitled Cadmium Yellow, a one-movement piece from 2010 also containing considerable drama, played with a will by the Cassatt Quartet. Kaminsky's music is full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff and seems to say a lot about what makes the difference between male and female thought processes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Mu.



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Works Details

>Kaminsky, Laura : Vukovar Trio
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pi
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Cadmium Yellow, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Cassatt Quartet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Music for Artur, suite in 6 movements, for piano
  • Performer: Idith Meshulam (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Colorado Quartet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Duo for cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pi
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Transformations, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaminsky, Laura : Triftmusik, for piano
  • Performer: Idith Meshulam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Kaminsky, Laura : Wave Hill, for violin & piano
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pi
  • Running Time: 28 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary