From A to Z: 21st Century Concertos
II. Valse Funebre
I. Night Rain
II. On the Level
III. Prairie Psalm
IV. Ahead of the Curve
Commedia Dell’ Arte
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
IV.Cadenza and Finale
The New Century Chamber Orchestra’s third recording on the NSS Music Label with Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg – From A to Z: 21st Century Concertos – is now available. The recording features four world premiere works by William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Clarice Assad and Michael Daugherty for solo violin and string orchestra. All four works were commissioned as part of New Century’s Featured Composer program and recorded live in San Francisco Bay Area performances with Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist.
From A to Z: 21st Century Concertos opens with Dreamscapes by Clarice Assad (Featured Composer 2008/09) praised by Jeff Kaliss of San Francisco Classical Voice as “an exciting and worthy addition to the repertoire… showcasing the NCCO’s individual and collective skills.” The second work on the album is Romanza by William Bolcom (Featured Composer 2009/10), which was performed multiple times on both New Century’s highly acclaimed 2011 East Coast tour and 2013 National tour. Regarding New Century’s performance of this work in their New York debut, James Oestreich of the New York Times said that “Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg traced these wildly varied moods with consummate skill and panache.” The final two works include Commedia dell’Arte by Pulitzer Prizewinner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (Featured Composer 2011/12) and Fallingwater by Michael Daugherty (Featured Composer 2013/14), the latter receiving its world premiere this past season.
This recording was made possible through the generosity of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.