Three Works

For solo instruments with orchestra

Laura Elise Schwendinger Featuring soloists Matt Haimovitz, cello; Curtis Macomber, violin; Christina Jennings, flute; and Nicole Paiement, conductor

"Waking dream , a single movement tone poem, is predictably a more unified and slightly gentler affair. Opening from a hushed, magical ether, Schwendinger (herself an accomplished flutist) writes gloriously for the flute, relishing not just the instrument’s soft grained, ‘flowery’ tone but exploring its more astringent sounds as well. It is very sensual writing, set against a vast array of shimmering orchestral colors, by turns, glittering and somber, and unlike the jarring endings of the first two concertos, Waking Dream ebbs quietly away into the ether, marking a full circle to its mysterious opening. Exquisitely played by Christina Jennings (the work’s dedicatee), this is the highlight of the disc."

updated: 3 years ago