American Works for Chamber Orchestra
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Strikingly original works for strings by American composers.

This CD presents a beautifully balanced program of fine American Chamber compositions. From Carter and Fine to Coleman and Ruehr, there is something here to appeal to every taste; beautifully performed and recorded. Metamorphosen is a Chamber Orchestra composed of the country's leading young musicians assembled with the goal of presenting a fresh approach to music making. The Orchestra was founded in October 1993 by Richard Lim and Scott Yoo in their belief that innovation need not come at the expense of substance. Along with performances of the classics from the repertoire, the group commissions new works from emerging composers and premieres at least one new piece each concert. Metamorphosen combines the intimacy of Chamber music with the technical virtuosity of the best of today's young musicians.
Elliott Carter, composer
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

Dan Coleman, composer
Long ago, this radiant day
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

John Corigliano, composer
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

Irving Fine, composer
Serious Song, a Lament for String Orchestra
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

Elena Ruehr, composer
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer
Prologue and Variations
Metamorphosen, Scott Yoo, conductor

"Metamorphosen is a fine string ensemble. On this Albany disc, they play a strong, balanced program of American string Orchestra music from mid- to late-century.Irving Fine's Serious Song, a Lament is a small personal gem by a composer whose output seems more and more vital with the passing of time.In Elena Ruehr's Shimmer, canonic imitation and bright Orchestration bring joy to the listener.This outstanding disc is an excellent reminder of the beauty and relevance of the string Orchestra medium." (American Record Guide)
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