℗ 2016 Yarlung Records

James Matheson: String Quartet, Violin Concerto & Time Alone

Laura Strickling, Thomas Sauer, Color Field Quartet, Baird Dodge, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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String Quartet  
I. —
James Matheson; Color Field Quartet
II. —
James Matheson; Color Field Quartet
III. —
James Matheson; Color Field Quartet
Violin Concerto  
I. Caprice
James Matheson; Baird Dodge; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
II. Chaconne -
James Matheson; Baird Dodge; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
III. Dance
James Matheson; Baird Dodge; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
Times Alone  
I. I have walked along many roads
James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer
II. Last night, as I was sleeping
James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer
III. Clouds ripped open
James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer
IV. The wind, one brilliant day
James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer
V. Is my soul asleep?
James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:59
"Matheson’s concerto is a supercharged showpiece for virtuoso violinist and orchestra that connects with the listener on a visceral as well as intellectual level. It keeps the soloist extremely busy as he negotiates a maze of vivid, colourful orchestral effects that ultimately are the most interesting aspect of the piece." - Chicago Tribune This highlight of this album is the premiere performance of James Matheson's Violin Concerto, captured live in Chicago in December 2011. Matheson composed the piece specifically for conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and violinist Baird Dodge, who delivers a stunning interpretation here. The rest of the programme was recorded live in Costa Mesa, California in November 2015 and includes Matheson's works played by Dodge and his ensemble the Color Field Quartet and the duo of soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Thomas Sauer. "Although this recording celebrates the wonderful music of James Matheson, Baird Dodge was the secret force that enabled the whole enterprise to reach fruition ... he played the premiere performance that is memorialized here ... Baird and I enjoy the serendipity involved in projects like this, the collision of happy and odd events ... that magically result in a wonderful work of art." - J Schlichting, executive producer
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Yarlung Records Studio Masters

Recorded live December 15, 2011, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (Violin Concerto) Recorded live November 1 - 4, 2015, Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA (String Quartet, Times Alone) Executive producers: J and Helen Schlichting Recording engineers: Bob Attiyeh, stereo analogue tape and DSD Tom Caulfield, 5 channel surround sound Arian Jansen, SonoruS Holographic Imaging Christopher Willis, Violin Concerto Assistant producer: Jacob Horowitz Steinway technician: Kathy Smith Mastering engineers: Steve Hoffman and Bob Attiyeh Mixing engineer: Arian Jansen, Violin Concerto

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