Dancing on Glass: String Chamber Music by Women Composers
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Discover recent string chamber works by leading women composers.

This recording of works for strings by women composers includes two works for string trio by Victoria Bond and Julie Mandel; a work for solo cello and two works for violin duo by Rain Worthington; and a composition for violin and cello by Adrienne Albert. The performers include Anna Cromwell, assistant professor of violin and viola and the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point; Lisa Nelson, who is instructional professor of viola, violin, and string pedagogy at Illinois Wesleyan University; and Mira Frisch, associate professor of cello and director of string chamber music at the university of North Carolina at Charlotte. Both Anna Cromwell and Mira Frisch appear on Albany Records performing as a violin/cello duo.
Julie Mandel, composer
Anna Cromwell (violin); Lisa Nelson (viola); Mira Frisch (cello)

Rain Worthington, composer
Then Again
Mira Frisch (cello)

Rain Worthington, composer
Anna Cromwell (violin); Lisa Nelson (violin)

Rain Worthington, composer
A Dance of Two
Anna Cromwell (violin); Lisa Nelson (violin)

Adrienne Albert, composer
Anna Cromwell (violin); Mira Frisch (cello)

Victoria Bond, composer
Dancing on Glass
Anna Cromwell (violin); Lisa Nelson (viola); Mira Frisch (cello)

"Subtitled "String Chamber Music by Women Composers," this disc presents works by four composers in fine performances…Finally, there comes a piece by Victoria Bond…This is a wondrously variegated piece, offering opportunities for each of the players to shine…The performance is simply superb…" (Fanfare)

"This album requires a great deal of thought when listening: this is music that is complex and intimate. With works by Julie Mandel (Moods), Rain Worthington (Then Again, Relays, and A Dance of Two), Adrienne Albert (Elegy) and Victoria Bond (Dancing on Glass), this collection is a good primer on modern chamber music written by women, and it's a very good disc for string trios doing repertoire research. I especially felt drawn to the Art Nouveau harmonies of II in Mandel's work and the sheer textural dynamism of Victoria Bond's nine-movement piece, whose movement titles include Rapids, Tranquil, Ice, Accompanied by a Drum, and Splash. These works are all beautifully performed." (American Record Guide)

"Extant Blues is a collection of new music for piano trio by five California-based composers. The Trio Accento has chosen these works for their exploration of a common parallel to popular music styles filtered through the unique lenses of each of the composer’s represented here. There are three single-movement works that provide bookends for the two larger multi-movement works on the album. …The recording sounds great with a perfect imaging of the two solo instruments against the piano. The latter’s sound has good ambient capture which adds to the sense of presence. The clarity of the sound picture is also quite admirable. These are committed performances that really feel very natural in pieces that are essentially new. This lends to music a “comfortability” that eases the listener into these musical arguments well. Sequencing of the album creates a program that moves toward more intense musical expressions." (Cinemusical)
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