When Crows Gather
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World premiere recordings of this major American composer's chamber works.

Lewis Spratlan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, was born in Miami. His music is performed regularly throughout the United States. A number of works have toured widely, as far afield as Russia and Armenia. Spratlan's work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim and Massachusetts Artists Foundations, the NEA, Tanglewood and the MacDowell Colony. His opera Life is a Dream won a top prize in the Rockefeller Foundation-New England Conservatory Opera Competition and appeared on the New York City Opera's "Showcasing American Opera" series in 2002; his Apollo and Daphne Variations won the New England Composers Orchestra Competition. Among recent works is the one-act opera Earthrise, on a libretto by Constance Congdon, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera; a piano quartet commissioned by the Ravinia Festival; and Sojourner for ten players, commissioned for Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress. Since 1970, he has been on the music faculty of Amherst College and has also taught and conducted at Penn State, Tanglewood and the Yale Summer School of Music. It is a great pleasure to welcome this distinguished composer to the Albany Records catalog.
Lewis Spratlan, composer
When Crows Gather
Sequitur, Paul Hostetter, conductor, Mark Kaplan, violin

Lewis Spratlan, composer
Of Time and the Seasons
Sequitur, Paul Hostetter, conductor, Lucy Shelton, soprano

Lewis Spratlan, composer
Sequitur, Paul Hostetter, conductor

"[Lewis Spratlan's] style, though challenging, is lucid, engrossing, and vibrantly imaginative." (The New York Times)

"These four pieces, superbly performed and recorded, offer a good portrait of [Lewis Spratlan's] accomplishment so far. ...you're in for a good time." (American Record Guide)
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