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Balance Problems - works by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Mark Dancigers, Jeremy Turner, Marcos Balter, and Timo Andres / Y Music

Album Summary

>Muhly, Nico : Balance Problems, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Balter, Marcos : Bladed Stance, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Norman, Andrew : Music in Circles, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Turner, Jeremy : The Bear and the Squirrel, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Andres, Timo : Safe Travels, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Dancigers, Mark : Everness, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
>Stevens, Sufjan : The Human Plague, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
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Notes & Reviews:

Balance Problems is the Sophomore release from yMusic - a group of six young New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2011's Beautiful Mechanical (Time Out New York's #1 Classical Record of the Year) features stunning new compositions from Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Mark Dancigers, Jeremy Turner, Marcos Balter, and Timo Andres all realized through the ensemble's strikingly virtuosic performances. Since their creation in 2008, yMusic has striven to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall. Their unique instrumentation (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators - from Dirty Projectors to My Brightest Diamond - and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today's most important composers. With this new release, world class composition and inspired performances share the center-stage, as the group continues to develop their own characteristically intense yet nuanced style around a host of new works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Barn in Vermont.

The follow-up to 2011's Kickstarter-funded Beautiful Mechanical, the New Amsterdam-issued, Son Lux-produced Balance Problems finds Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Clarice Jensen, Alex Sopp, Hideaki Aomori, and Nadia Sirota taking on compositions by Timo Andres, Marcos Balter, Mark Dancigers, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Sufjan Stevens, and Jeremy Turner with their signature blend of pop innovation and classically trained acumen. The New York City-based ensemble's sophomore outing (their 2014 collaboration with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Perry notwithstanding), Balance Problems dutifully bridges the gap between Baroque pop, chamber music, indie rock, and classical. ~ James Christopher Monger

REVIEWS:

Pitchfork (Website) - "Through the deft production of Son Lux's Ryan Lott, the seam between pop and classical is sewed tight, as he, the yMusic sextet, and seven composers take the tenets of modern classical music and breathe new life into it."



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Works Details

>Muhly, Nico : Balance Problems, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Balter, Marcos : Bladed Stance, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Norman, Andrew : Music in Circles, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Turner, Jeremy : The Bear and the Squirrel, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Andres, Timo : Safe Travels, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Dancigers, Mark : Everness, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Stevens, Sufjan : The Human Plague, for flute, clarinet, trumpet & string trio
  • Ensemble: yMusic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music