Three Works
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World premiere recordings of three works for solo instruments and orchestra by the distinguished composer Laura Schwendinger.

Three works for solo instruments and orchestra by Laura Schwendinger are presented in world premiere recordings. Esprimere for cello and orchestra was written in 2007 for Matt Haimovitz and premiered by him. Curtis Macomber is the soloist for Charoscuro Azzurro for violin and chamber orchestra and Waking Dream, a single movement work for flute and chamber orchestra was written for flutist Christina Jennings, who gave the premiere. The first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize Fellowship, Laura Schwendinger is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Madison and directs their contemporary chamber ensemble. The recipient of numerous prizes, awards and commissions, Ms.. Schwendinger’s music has been performed by leading ensembles and artists of our time. The three soloists, all virtuosos of international acclaim, give stunning performances of this music of infinite beauty.
Laura Schwendinger, composer
Esprimere for Cello and Orchestra
Matt Haimovitz, cello, Madison Sinfonietta, Nicole Paiement, conductor

Laura Schwendinger, composer
Chiaroscuro Azzurro for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
Curtis Macomber, violin, Madison Sinfonietta, Nicole Paiement, conductor

Laura Schwendinger, composer
Waking Dream for Flute and Chamber Orchestra
Christina Jennings, flute, University of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, James Smith, conductor

".. she’s so obviously gifted. Anyone who listens to these pieces will quickly hear that. …There is some exceptionally fine music here …I consider Schwendinger’s concertos the work of a significant contemporary composer getting a much-deserved (if long delayed) ‘break out’ recording. And what a recording it is!” (American Record Guide)

"...well crafted, colorfully orchestrated, chromatically disciplined, densely animated, lyrically alert." (Art Lange - Fanfare)

“The cello concerto is a work of great drama, with a bold and intense, frequently ostinato-propelled first movement, a rhapsodic slow movement pitting the passionate solo line against highly original colortextures in the orchestra, a scherzo in which scraps of material seem to be thrown around the orchestra, and an active, propulsive finale, incorporating a virtuosic bell-accompanied cadenza. The vocabulary is a highly chromatic take on tonality, harmonically lush and richly textured. The violin concerto explores the contrast between tough, bravura material, bold and extrovert and full of harsh, stabbing accents, and soaring lyricism in clear, translucent textures. As in the cello concerto, the soloist has a near-constant flow of expressively and technically demanding musical argument. Waking Dream is a single-movement poem full of shimmering, iridescent impressionistic textures and a sensuously meandering, ornamented singing line for the solo flute. Madison Sinfonietta; Nicole Paiement.” (Records International)