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The first composer to win the Berlin Prize, Laura Schwendinger is professor of composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her music has been performed by all the leading new music artists and ensembles around the world and she has received numerous awards and commissions including those from the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations. Her second recording for Albany Records features four works for quartets: two for the traditional string quartet; one for mezzo soprano and three strings; and one for piano quartet. The music is performed by the acclaimed JACK Quartet, mezzo-soprano Jamie Van Eyck, and pianist Christopher Taylor.
Gestural and yet powerfully organized,
Schwendinger’s voice is highly individual. The performance by the JACK Quartet is impeccable, and technically secure. The sheer intensity of both music and performance thereof is spellbinding, as if the passion of the composer for her subject shines through like a light.
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Works on This Recording
Creature Quartet by Laura Elise Schwendinger
Written: 2014; United States
Sudden Light by Laura Elise Schwendinger
Jamie van Eyck (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 2012; United States
Song for Andrew by Laura Elise Schwendinger
Christopher Taylor (Piano)
Written: 2008; United States
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