New World Serenade
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Orchestral music from America's past and present performed by the Sinfonietta of Riverdale conducted by Mark Mandarano.

Conductor Mark Mandarano and the Sinfonietta of Riverdale offer live performances of American music recorded at their annual series of concerts. The program ranges from America's past to present with luminaries from the past (Walter Piston) to the present time with three generations represented by John Corigliano, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Byron Adams, and Oliver Caplan. A survey that shows us where we have been, where we are, and where we are headed. The Sinfonietta's reputation for fine musicianship and stimulating programming has been recognized by the public and the press. The ensemble has performed the music of world-renowned composers and has a history of commissioned works, one of which (Lunastella) is offered on this recording. Founded in 2008 by artistic director and conductor Mark Mandarano, the Sinfonietta's recordings also appear on the Arabesque label. In addition to the Sinfonietta, Mandarano has served as principal guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and has led performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Nürnberger Symphoniker, among others. He is a graduate of Cornell and the Peabody Conservatory music and is director of instrumental music at Macalaster College.
Byron Adams, composer
Serenade for Nine Instruments
Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Mark Mandarano, conductor

Oliver Caplan, composer
Lunastella Fuga
Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Mark Mandarano, conductor

John Corigliano, composer
Snapshot: Circa 1909
Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Mark Mandarano, conductor

Walter Piston, composer
Divertimento for Nine Instruments
Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Mark Mandarano, conductor

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer
Prologue and Variations
Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Mark Mandarano, conductor

"The Sinfonietta of Riverdale is a very fine chamber orchestra uner the direction of the young talented Mark Mandarano…The music, itself, is quite rewarding and fairly diverse. This is an all-Americanprogram and covers several generations of composers and styles…While all these works are interesting, enjoyable and entertaining I do think the main reason to acquire this recording is to get to know the very talented and well-developed Riverdale Sinfonietta…" (Audiophile Audition)

"Every now and then I drop a new classical release in the player and find myself instantly delighted by new music. Such was the case earlier this summer when I lifted the Albany Records release "New World Serenade: off the stack…" (Texas Public Radio)

"This delightful and splendidly planned disc pulls together music from the younger (Caplan), middle (Adams) and older (Corigliano and Zwilich) generations of living US composers. It then adds an acknolwedged 20th century American master who nonetheless seems somewhat in danger of disappearing between the cracks of history. When did you last hear a Walter Piston symphony in a concert by a major orchestra, in his homeland or anywhere else?…A lovely disc." (Music Web International)

"…The size of the ensembles required for the pieces ranges from nine to 16 players, with three works utilizing only strings, and two, requiring flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn as well…In any case, the Sinfonietta of Riverdale under the direction of Mark Mandarano brings all of them off exceedingly well. First heard is the Serenade for Nine Instruments of Byron Adams, a lovely and mellifluous work that charms the listener from its onset with its lyrical lines and rich harmonies…The concert closes with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Prologue and Variations, a very distinctively wrought work for string orchestra. Zwilich has her own sound, and a most attractive one it is, full of passion and undercurrents of drama.…All of the music on this CD is worth exploring, but this work alone is worth the price of the disc. Considering the quality of the music, the performances, and the recorded sound, this CD comes highly recommended all around." (Fanfare)
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