20th Century Contrasts
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Striking works for string and chamber orchestra in beautiful performance and sound.

The Miramar Sinfonietta was founded in the spring of 2000 specifically to record the Fantasy on Two Christmas Carols in honor of what would have been the composer's 100th birthday. The group was later reassembled for the purpose of recording works by outstanding composers, mostly Americans, that have not been recorded as yet, and deserve to be heard. The chamber orchestra consists of some of the finest musicians in the Milwaukee area, all of them engaged in various professional organizations in that area. Jeani Foster is the principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. William Barnewitz serves as principal horn of the Milwaukee Symphony and the Sante Fe Opera Orchestra. Samantha George is the associate concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony and has also been a member of the Colorado and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. Eric Segnitz is a founding member and solo violinist of the highly regarded contemporary music group, Present Music. Henri B. Pensis, founder and conductor of the Miramar Sinfonietta, was active as professor of music and conductor for a period of 30 years at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Contents:
Michael Daugherty, composer
Strut
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor

Lukas Foss, composer
For Toru
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor, Jeani Foster, flute

William Bolcom, composer
Concerto-Serenade
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor, Samantha George, violin

James R. Hanna, composer
Downs
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor

Alec Wilder, composer
Five Love Songs
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor, William Barnewitz, French horn

Quincy Porter, composer
Music for Strings
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor

Astor Piazzolla, composer, arr. John Adams
Todo Buenos Aires
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor, Eric Segnitz, violin

Henri Pensis, composer
Fantasy on Two Christmas Carols
Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri B. Pensis, conductor

Review:
"This is the sort of music discovery adventure - especially when it comes to American music - that all classical labels should be doing..." (Audiophile Audition)

"The Miramar Sinfonietta offers us some fine performances...Let's hope we hear more from them in the future." (American Record Guide)
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