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Project W / Chen, Chicago Sinfonietta


Release Date: 03/08/2019 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 185  
Composer:  Florence Beatrice PriceClarice AssadJessie MontgomeryReena Esmail,   ... 
Performer:  Reena Esmail
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta — the adventurous, MacArthur Award-winning orchestra that champions racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in classical music — give world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, and Reena Esmail on Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers, the capstone project of its 30th anniversary season. Higdon, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards, invites listeners to luxuriate in the beauty of a virtuosic string orchestra with Dance Card, a five-moment suite that San Francisco Classical Voice praised for its “pleasurable sounds” and “intellectual heft.” Assad is a Grammy-nominated, Brazilian-American composer and Read more performer. Her Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) lives up to its title with an exotic blend of musical influences from throughout the Americas. Juilliard-trained African-American composer Montgomery, a violinist member of the acclaimed Catalyst Quartet and a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, imbues her Coincident Dances with the frenetic energy and multicultural sound worlds of her native New York City. Esmail, an Indian-American graduate of Juilliard and the Yale School of Music, draws from Western and Hindustani (north Indian) classical music for #metoo, a composition rooted in her own personal experiences. Founded by pioneering African-American conductor Paul Freeman (1936–2015), the Chicago Sinfonietta also presents the first-ever recording William Grant Still’s orchestral arrangement of Florence Price’s buoyant, lyrical Dances in the Canebrakes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dances in the Canebrakes by Florence Beatrice Price
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Sin Fronteras by Clarice Assad
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Coincident Dances by Jessie Montgomery
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Charukeshi Bandish by Reena Esmail
Performer:  Reena Esmail (Voice)
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
#metoo by Reena Esmail
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Dance Card by Jennifer Higdon
Conductor:  Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Sinfonietta
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Very Deft and Enjoyable Compositons April 19, 2019 By Joseph P. (Claresholm, AB) See All My Reviews "I need to qualify my five stars by first stating that four of the works didn't work for me. Track 5 was good, but not overly clever or beautiful. The type and progression of the instrumentation was also dissatisfying. Often there was a lot of sound and fury signifying ..... not much. Tracks 9 and 11 are slower pieces which were neither very beautiful or interesting for me to hear. Track 6, a vocal, is another story. It's performed well enough, but seems out of place with the remainder of the works. Having written those criticisms, the others works were quite satisfying and diverse, alternately offering beauty, wit, excitement and depth of instrumentation. Very entertaining as I programmed them into a 44 minute suite as follows: Tracks 10, 2, 4, 3, 12, 1, 7 and 8. For those 44 minutes, I have no regrets having made this purchase." Report Abuse
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