First Takes
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World premiere recordings of four outstanding new works for string orchestra by young American composers.

"First Takes" features world premiere recordings of four new works by outstanding American composers from the younger generation: Chris Theofanidis; Paul Moravec; Lisa Bielawa; and Michael Gatonska, beautifully performed by the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC). SONYC was founded in 1999 and is already acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles in New York City. Performing without a conductor, the individual members each have an impact on the artistic process. Whether performing standard repertoire or the kind of new music on this CD, SONYC strives to inspire and educate its audiences.
Chris Theofanidis, composer
Visions and Miracles
String Orchestra of New York City

Paul Moravec, composer
String Orchestra of New York City

Lisa Bielawa, composer
The Trojan Women
String Orchestra of New York City

Michael Gatonska, composer
Transformation of the Hummingbird
String Orchestra of New York City

"Impeccable intonation, impeccable ensemble, and musically in spades. Add to that the music they're playing...and you've got a winner of a disc. ...a remarkable disc and I particularly recommend it for those looking for modern string-orchestra music." (Scott Morrison)

"SONYC has put together a beautiful, exhilarating program...The conductorless group plays all of it tightly and with great energy." (American Record Guide)
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