First Takes

String Orchestra of New York City

Catalog #: TROY0941
Release Date: July 1, 2007
Format: Digital

"First Takes" features world premiere recordings of four new works by outstanding American composers from the younger generation: Chris Theofanidis; Paul Moravec; Lisa Bielawa; and Michael Gatonska, beautifully performed by the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC). SONYC was founded in 1999 and is already acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles in New York City. Performing without a conductor, the individual members each have an impact on the artistic process. Whether performing standard repertoire or the kind of new music on this CD, SONYC strives to inspire and educate its audiences.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Visions and Miracles Chris Theofanidis String Orchestra of New York City
Morph Paul Moravec String Orchestra of New York City
The Trojan Women Lisa Bielawa String Orchestra of New York City
Transformation of the Hummingbird Michael Gatonska String Orchestra of New York City


  • "Impeccable intonation, impeccable ensemble, and musically in spades. Add to that the music they're playing...and you've got a winner of a disc. ...a remarkable disc and I particularly recommend it for those looking for modern string-orchestra music."

    – Scott Morrison

  • "SONYC has put together a beautiful, exhilarating program...The conductorless group plays all of it tightly and with great energy."

    – American Record Guide

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