The Journey of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & the NEW CENTURY Chamber Orchestra
ELLEN TAAFE ZWILICH
In her CD liner notes, Nadja writes, "One of the first actions I took in my new post, and one which I am most proud of, was to create New Century's Featured Composer program, which centers around new music by some of the world's most established composers, most promising and talented young composers, and even composers who reach outside the realm of classical music. It has been an honor to work with these incredible musical minds and to learn from them as well.
... I have enjoyed long and successful collaborations with William Bolcom and Clarice Assad, so it was incredibly satisfying for me to introduce them into the New Century family. Equally satisfying are my new relationships with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Michael Daugherty, who composed for me as if they had known me for many years. My admiration and respect for the combined talents of these composers is endless and my gratitude is heartfelt. Their works, commissioned by New Century, add not only to the violin repertoire but to the chamber music cannon, and string chamber orchestra repertoire in particular...."
"From A To Z" opens with Clarice Assad's Dreamscapes, composed in 2008, "a musical depiction of what happens during a dream." It is followed by William Bolcom's 2009 Romanza, which the composer refers to as a "shamelessly Romantic" work. Third on the recording is this season's world premiere, Michal Daugherty's Fallingwater (2013), a musical tribute to late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright inspired by four of his
famous buildings. The closing work is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Commedia dell'Arte from 2011, in which she creates musical portraits of three stock characters - Arlecchino (Harlequin), Columbina and The Captain from Italy's Renaisance theater.