Shelter From The Storm
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The virtuoso flutist Catherine Ramirez performs music that is inspirational.

Inspired by the way the composers on this recording dealt with life's troubles by turning to music, flutist Catherine Ramirez decided to perform their music for solo flute in the hope it would be a source of strength for others facing adversity, fear, or frustration. Catherine Ramirez is a virtuoso flutist who has won three top prizes at the Città di Padova International Music Competition and first prize in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition. She has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in China, and Italy as well as at prestigious venues in the United States. Committed to bringing music to underserved populations, Ramirez has performed for young people recovering from additions, and for children with autism and developmental disabilities, among others. Her orchestral performances include appearances with the El Paso Opera and El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is a graduate of Occidental College, the Boccherini Music Institute, Queens College, Yale University School of Music, and Rice University and is on the faculty at St. Olaf College and teaches masterclasses at conservatories, colleges and universities in Italy, China, Colombia, and throughout the United States.
Toru Takemitsu, composer
Air for Flute
Catherine Ramirez, flute

Sigfried Karg-Elert, composer
Sonata "Appassionata" in F-Sharp Minor for Flute Alone, Op. 140
Catherine Ramirez, flute

André Jolivet, composer
Cinq Incantations for Solo Flute
Catherine Ramirez, flute

J.S. Bach, composer
Chaconne from Violin Partita in D Minor, BWV1004
Catherine Ramirez, flute

2018 Global Music Awards Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement

"Catherine Ramirez, currently artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, presents this album “as a bridge toward empathy, compassion, and even understanding” for negative feelings of fear or frustration. She has assembled an album of solo flute works from a variety of stylistic eras that tie into her theme of artists working through feelings of anguish, sadness, burden, and frustration. The fact that each of these works is for solo flute allows Ramirez to fully showcase her lovely sound. Her highly-polished technique serves her well and results in musically convincing interpretations…(Flute View)

"…sensitive and artistic" performance displaying a "full range of colors…." (Flute Talk Magazine)

"It is simply wonderful! What great playing: your beautiful sound, intensity, phrasing, so lovely. I especially liked the Karg-Elert Appassionata....You really took the piece by its tail and swung it beautifully through the different sections, with great technique and sound. I loved your treatment of it! Your rendition of the Chaconne was also extremely impressive and lovely....and your playing is superb..." (Michele Antonello Frisch, Principal Flute, Minnesota Opera Orchestra)