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Alexandra Ottaway (b.1973): Tetrahedron Dreams / NY Virtuoso Singers

Album Summary

>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Jakob Trio, for clarinet, bassoon & piano
>Ottaway, Alexandra : Radio Silence, quartet for flute, violin, cello & piano
>Ottaway, Alexandra : Fever a la Madonna, for chorus
>Ottaway, Alexandra : Elegy on the L.C., for chorus
>Ottaway, Alexandra : Things Fall Apart, for chorus
>Ottaway, Alexandra : A July Night, for chorus
>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Merlin Études, for voice & piano
>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Zen Sutras, for voice, flute, chorus, string quartet & percussion
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

- Ottaway's music is featured on Navona's choral release VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR (2013), which was profiled on the nationally syndicated show "New Classical Tracks" on Minnesota Public Radio- Ottaway received her B.A. in Music from Columbia School of General Studies and M.A. in Music Education from NYU- Since its founding by Harold Rosenbaum in 1988, the New York Virtuoso Singers have won several prestigious awards including ASCAP-Chorus America "Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music" as well as collaborated with groups like the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Colorful, textured, flowing chamber music fills Alexandra Ottaway's program. The piano and flute control I in Radio Silence Quartet, switching between a familiar sounding, relaxed section and energetic but still flowing material. The intertwining layers and motion keep the piece light. The Merlin Etudes is 12 short miniatures of highly chromatic piano with soprano. The percussion creates an atmosphere of ritual that fits the chanting of the New York Virtuoso Singers. The lyrics are English translations of Zen sutras, and the full chorus movements work better than the two with only a solo voice.



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Works Details

>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Jakob Trio, for clarinet, bassoon & piano
  • Performers: Sally Merriman (Bassoon); Karolina Rojahn (Piano); Yhasmin Valenzuela (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Ensemble: New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Ottaway, Alexandra : Radio Silence, quartet for flute, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Mark Berger (Violin); Javier Caballero (Cello); Lisa Hennessy (Flute); Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Ottaway, Alexandra : Fever a la Madonna, for chorus
  • Performer: James Gregory (Piano)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ottaway, Alexandra : Elegy on the L.C., for chorus
  • Performer: James Gregory (Piano)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Ottaway, Alexandra : Things Fall Apart, for chorus
  • Performer: James Gregory (Piano)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Ottaway, Alexandra : A July Night, for chorus
  • Performer: James Gregory (Piano)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Merlin Études, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka (Piano); Alexandra Ottaway (Voice)
  • Notes: DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY (09/24/2013); Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (09/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Ottaway, Alexandra : The Zen Sutras, for voice, flute, chorus, string quartet & percussion
  • Performers: Ladislav Bilan (Vibraphone); Ladislav Bilan (Xylophone); Kveta Frydrichova (Marimba); Lisa Hennessy (Flute); Richard Mlynar; Alexandra Ottaway (Voice); Robert Schulz (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum
  • Notes: DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY (06/26/2013); Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (06/26/2013); DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY (09/24/2013); Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (09/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern