Contemporary composers enjoy writing for mixed chamber ensembles, a medium that is both flexible and capable of articulating the most intricate contrapuntal textures. For the performers, this music provides a marvelous opportunity for ensemble and solo playing. It also challenges the technical and expressive possibilities of their instruments.
The adventurous listener will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity and originality found in this album. The four recent compositions, recorded here for the first time, reflect the vibrant eclecticism evident in today's musical soundscape. Three of them were written to mark North/South Consonance's 25th anniversary season.
Christopher James indulges his penchant for constructing impressive structures clearly informed by classical shapes and procedures. Emma Lou Diemer‘s poignant reflection on the passing of her sister is stirring and touching. Judith Shatin's vivacious, dance-inspired composition flirts with minimalism. Randall Snyder's virtuosic work reassesses many of the innovations found in 20th century music.
Great care was taken to preserve the integrity of the concert hall ambiance when this recording was made. 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 you play this recording.