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Listening Room

Welcome to our Listening Room! You can hear selections from our most recent performances. Be sure to check back regularly for new recordings.

 

 

  • Bare Branches, Snow Covered

    By Constance Walton (recorded live)

    Composed for us in 2006, Snow Covered is the second of a three movement work evoking the change of season from Fall to Winter. This is a recording from our performance on 11.11.11 at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.

    Snow Covered - Constance Walton
  • Bare Branches, Ice Covered

    By Constance Walton (recorded live)

    Composed for us in 2006, Ice Covered is the third of a three movement work evoking the change of season from Fall to Winter. This is a recording from our performance on 11.11.11 at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.

    Ice Covered - Constance Walton
  • Hi'iaka

    By Dawn Avery (Tulpe, Okenti Records)

    One of our first commissions, Hi’iaka by Dawn Avery, is a chant in the name of Hi’iaka, the Hawaiian goddess who restores life.

    Hi'iaka - Dawn Avery
  • Going Up?

    By Martin Rokeach (recorded live 5/3/08)

    Martin Rokeach’s Going Up? was composed for Eight Strings & a Whistle in 2007. Full of percussive colors drawn from the strings and a manipulation of rhythmic pulse, Rokeach sustains a sense of anticipation and suspense throughout.

    Going Up? - Martin Rokeach

  • The Walls of Morlais Castle

    By Hilary Tann (recorded live 11/20/09)

    Morlais Castle, near Hilary Tann’s childhood home in South Wales, was destroyed by the Welsh in 1314. Only ruins remain. This work was inspired by the contrast between ruined castle walls and a landscape naturally strewn with rocks, implying an image of the contrast between life as it once was in the castle and its present state.

    The Walls of Morlais Castle - Hilary Tann

  • La Nuit, Évocations de Slovaquie

    By Karel Husa (recorded live 10/21/09)

    Évocations de Slovaquie was composed in 1951 while Karel Husa was living in Paris. In In the second movement, La Nuit, Husa uses various effects to create a beautiful and sometimes eerie picture of his homeland and his awe of nature. The work was originally composed for clarinet, viola and cello and was transcribed for flute, at Dr. Husa’s suggestion, by the flutist, Robert Stallman.

    La Nuit, Évocations de Slovaquie - Karel Husa

  • Park Bench, Nightmusic

    By William Dickerson (recorded live 11/20/09)

    William Dickerson’s Nightmusic is a programmatic work about one person’s over-night travels around New York City. In Park Bench he sees two elderly people sitting on a park bench, holding hands and reminiscing.

    Park Bench - William Dickerson

  • Stroll #2, Nightmusic

    By William Dickerson (recorded live 11/20/09)

    Stroll No. 2 is another movement from Nightmusic, in which the character takes a stroll through town late in the evening and passes a night club.

    Stroll #2 - William Dickerson

  • Allegretto, Sonata in F

    By Johann Gottlieb Graun

    Among the many great musicians in the employ of Frederick the Great, Johann Gottlieb Graun is considered among the foremost German composers of instrumental music of the pre-Classical era.

    Allegretto, Sonata in F - Johann Gottlieb Graun