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The Coming of Light - Swilich: Quintet for saxophone & strings; Lieberson; Barber; Harbison / Chicago Chamber Musicians

Audio Samples

>Lieberson, Peter : The Coming of Light, for baritone, oboe & string quartet
>Harbison, John : Twilight Music, for horn, violin & piano
>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Quintet for alto saxophone & string quartet
>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3

Album Summary

>Lieberson, Peter : The Coming of Light, for baritone, oboe & string quartet
>Harbison, John : Twilight Music, for horn, violin & piano
>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Quintet for alto saxophone & string quartet
>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

GrammyR finalists for their album of Mozart's chamber works for winds and strings, on this new disc the Chicago Chamber Musicians present the world premiere of Zwilich's quintet for saxophone and string quartet. The CCM enjoys an outstanding reputation both for artistic excellence and a commitment to community service. Since its founding in 1986, the CCM has assembled an extraordinary ensemble of world-class artists.

Chicago Tribune
Nobody comes close to matching its high-powered talent pool.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The Chicago Chamber Musicians are a nicely balanced group. The title piece is by the recently deceased Peter Lieberson, a six-song cycle scored for baritone, oboe, and string quartet. The texts are by John Ashbery, Shakespeare, and Mark Strand; and the cycle as a whole was written in memory of Frank Lloyd Wright. Poetic and touching texts are set in a lyrical fashion and sung clearly and with feeling by Moore. The liner notes are by the composer and are almost as moving as the music itself. Altogether, this is a unified program, both in its harmonic language and its emotional attitude. I recommend it to you if you want to feel the humanity of musical expression. It is beautifully performed and recorded.



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Works Details

>Lieberson, Peter : The Coming of Light, for baritone, oboe & string quartet
  • Performers: Clancy Newman (Cello); Jasmine Lin (Violin); Joseph Genualdi (Violin); Michael Henoch (Oboe); Li-Kuo Chang (Viola); John Moore
  • Ensemble: Chicago Chamber Musicians
  • Notes: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (06/09/2011-06/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Harbison, John : Twilight Music, for horn, violin & piano
  • Performers: Gail Williams (Horn); James Giles (Piano); Joseph Genualdi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Chicago Chamber Musicians
  • Notes: Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, IL. (03/21/2012-03/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Quintet for alto saxophone & string quartet
  • Performers: Clancy Newman (Cello); Jasmine Lin (Violin); Joseph Genualdi (Violin); Rami Solomonow (Viola); Taimur Sullivan (Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Chicago Chamber Musicians
  • Notes: Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, IL. (11/01/2011-11/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
  • Performers: Clancy Newman (Cello); Jasmine Lin (Violin); Joseph Genualdi (Violin); Li-Kuo Chang (Viola); John Moore
  • Ensemble: Chicago Chamber Musicians
  • Notes: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (06/09/2011-06/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931