Celestial Wind
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Victoria Sirota gives stunning performances of music for organ by the distinguished composer Robert Sirota.

Over the last four decades as a composer, Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernable in all of his work. The New York Times has described his style as "fashioned with the clean angular melodies, tart harmonies, lively sncopations and punchy accents of American Neo-Classicism." His music has garnered praise from audiences and critics alike throughout the United States and Abroad and he is the recipient of numerous commissions and awards. A graduate of Juilliard, Oberlin, and Harvard, Sirota studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. He served as Director of The Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute, Director of Boston University's School of Music and most recently as President of Manhattan School of Music. Married to the noted organist Victoria Sirota, Sirota has collaborated over the years with her in creating a body of work for organ, as well as liturgical and concert works for organ with choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. All the works on this recording were composed for, and are performed by Ms. Sirota.
Contents:
Robert Sirota, composer
Four Pieces for Organ
Victoria Sirota, organ

Robert Sirota, composer
Easter Canticles
Victoria Sirota, organ; Norman Fischer, cello

Robert Sirota, composer
Letters Abroad
Victoria Sirota, organ; Robert Sirota, piano

Robert Sirota, composer
Two Lenten Chorale Preludes
Victoria Sirota, organ

Robert Sirota, composer
Celestial Wind
Victoria Sirota, organ

Review:
"Robert Sirota's music seems ultimately conscious. The variety of sounds he manages to draw from the organ is astonishing. On Celestial Wind,...this crazily expansive palette is combine with clear musical polyglottism; the overall effect leaves the listener with a sense of limitless possibility." (Second Inversion)

TROY1502 I enjoyed this disc, and will seek out some more of Sirotas work. If you like contempo-rary organ music this disc will provide a very nice hour of reflection and refreshment. (Audiophile Audition)