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Intersections: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Sound - Works by Steven Block, Sergio Cervetti, Heidi Jacob, Jeffrey Jacob, Christina Rusnak / Ensemble Vocal Luna; National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

Album Summary

>Jacob, Jeffrey : Awakening, for piano & orchestra
>Jacob, Heidi : Untouched by Morning and Untouched by Noon, for baritone, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone & piano
>Block, Steven : Puttin' It Together, for 2 saxophones, 2 double basses & percussion
>Cervetti, Sergio : And the Huddled Masses, for clarinet & string quartet
>Rusnak, Christina : Dearly Beloved, for chorus
>Rusnak, Christina : Dearly Departed, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

This exquisitely produced album embodies the beautiful art whose creation has been enabled by the newly opened cultural exchange between the United States and Cuba. Through a collection of intriguing compositions by American and America-based composers, Intersections showcases the talents of Cuban musicians in a variety of large ensemble and chamber settings. Moreover, the pieces in the album's contents are replete with symbols that touch on the promise of this new beginning in American-Cuban relations, and suggest some of the darkness that preceded it. This imagery begins with Jeffrey Jacob's Awakening, an undulating work for piano and orchestra which is performed by the composer and the Havana National Symphony. Awakening is hopeful and grand, yet ends ambiguously. In this way, Awakening seems to signal the highest aspirations the Cuban and American people may have for their new relationship, while also reminding us that the process of restoring normality remains unfinished.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abdala Studios, Habana, Cuba (04/19/2016-04/22/2016).



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Works Details

>Jacob, Jeffrey : Awakening, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
  • Conductor: Enrique Mesa
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vocal Luna
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Jacob, Heidi : Untouched by Morning and Untouched by Noon, for baritone, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone & piano
  • Performers: Charles Abramovic (Piano); Alden Cabezas; Brian Church; Yasek Silva (Trumpet); Marisel Valdes (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Enrique Mesa
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Block, Steven : Puttin' It Together, for 2 saxophones, 2 double basses & percussion
  • Performers: Liset Benitez (Double Bass); Abiel Guerra (Drums); Carlos Guerra; Ruben Lopez (Double Bass); Jorge Prieto
  • Conductor: Enrique Mesa
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Cervetti, Sergio : And the Huddled Masses, for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performers: Leonardo Baster (Violin); Alden Cabezas (Clarinet); Yamed Cruz (Viola); Luis Fernandez (Violin); Lester Serrano (Cello)
  • Conductor: Enrique Mesa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Rusnak, Christina : Dearly Beloved, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sandra Gonzalez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vocal Luna
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Rusnak, Christina : Dearly Departed, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sandra Gonzalez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vocal Luna
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2016