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Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers

Chicago Sinfonietta, Mei-Ann Chen

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Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. W.G. Still for Orchestra)  
1
No. 1, Nimble Feet
Florence Beatrice Price; William Grant Still; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
2:32
2
No. 2, Tropical Noon
Florence Beatrice Price; William Grant Still; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
3:37
3
No. 3, Silk Hat and Walking Cane
Florence Beatrice Price; William Grant Still; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
3:13
4
Sin fronteras
Clarice Assad; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
13:27
5
Coincident Dances
Jessie Montgomery; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
11:40
6
Charukeshi bandish
Reena Esmail; Reena Esmail; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
2:58
7
#metoo
Reena Esmail; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
13:02
Dance Card  
8
No. 1, Raucous Rumpus
Jennifer Higdon; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
2:17
9
No. 2, Breeze Serenade
Jennifer Higdon; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
6:34
10
No. 3, Jumble Dance
Jennifer Higdon; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
3:42
11
No. 4, Celestial Blue
Jennifer Higdon; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
7:55
12
No. 5, Machina Rockus
Jennifer Higdon; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen
2:25
Total Playing Time    73:22
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta — the adventurous, MacArthur Award-winning orchestra that champions racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in classical music — give world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, and Reena Esmail on Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers, the capstone project of its 30th anniversary season.

Higdon, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards, invites listeners to luxuriate in the beauty of a virtuosic string orchestra with Dance Card, a five-moment suite that San Francisco Classical Voice praised for its “pleasurable sounds” and “intellectual heft.” Assad is a Grammy-nominated, Brazilian-American composer and performer. Her Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) lives up to its title with an exotic blend of musical influences from throughout the Americas. Juilliard-trained African-American composer Montgomery, a violinist member of the acclaimed Catalyst Quartet and a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, imbues her Coincident Dances with the frenetic energy and multicultural sound worlds of her native New York City. Esmail, an Indian-American graduate of Juilliard and the Yale School of Music, draws from Western and Hindustani (north Indian) classical music for #metoo, a composition rooted in her own personal experiences.

Founded by pioneering African-American conductor Paul Freeman (1936–2015), the Chicago Sinfonietta also presents the first-ever recording William Grant Still’s orchestral arrangement of Florence Price’s buoyant, lyrical Dances in the Canebrakes.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Cedille Studio Masters

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