American composers are actively creating an exciting and varied literature for unusual combinations of instruments. The seven chamber ensemble compositions recorded here for the first time truly attest to the incredible vitality of the American musical imagination.
Like musical postcards, the diverse temperaments, technical and musical orientations found in these works paint vivid images of the eclecticism strongly manifested in today's musical landscape. Their impassioned melodies, sensitive harmonies and innovative rhythms challenge the technical and expressive possibilities of the featured instruments while providing performers with marvelous opportunities for technical as well as emotional display. These compositions are all masterfully performed by musicians from throughout the United States and abroad.
The adventurous listener will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity and originality found in the music featured on this album. Great care was taken to preserve the integrity of the concert hall ambiance when this recording was mastered. Indeed, you will find that we successfully captured both the natural resonance of the concert hall and the wide dynamic range of the music without distortion. Please use a moderate volume setting when playing this disc.
Max Lifchitz, New York; May, 1997