Clouds ripped open James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer. 10. IV. The wind, one brilliant day James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer. 11. V. Is my soul asleep? James Matheson; Laura Strickling; Thomas Sauer. 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.
Times Alone 19:13 Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano. The album includes Matheson’s String Quartet, recorded late last year at Samueli Theater, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. I was fortunate to have attended a later Yarlung recording session in this hall. Times Alone - Clouds ripped open Matheson. Select quality & channels above. Times Alone - The wind, one brilliant day Matheson.
Album: James Matheson Cat YAR25670 UPC: 190394256708. The story of this recording begins with James Matheson’s Violin Concerto, which he wrote for violinist Baird Dodge and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen as a commission from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This album includes the concerto’s premiere performance in Chicago on the evening of December 15th, 2011, with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the CSO with Baird Dodge as soloist. Composer James Matheson lives in New York. Also on this recording are soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Thomas Sauer performing Matheson’s song cycle Times Alone. Our friend the soprano Kiera Duffy commissioned Jim to write Times Alone, which sets five surrealist poems by Antonio Machado from his collection Soledades, galerias y otros poemas published in 1907.
Soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Thomas Sauer perform James Matheson's song cycle Times Alone in live concert. Kiera Duffy originally commissioned Matheson to compose Times Alone but was unable to appear on this recording. Matheson used poems from Antonio Machado while composing Times Alone because of their imaginative and deeply personal observations on spirituality and being
James Matheson includes the composer’s Violin Concerto, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Baird Dodge, Jim’s String Quartet performed by Color Field Quartet, and the haunting song cycle Times Alone performed by soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Thomas Sauer. Wonderful weekend listening, all of it! The CD will be released later. Also just released on HDTracks is Janaki String Trio, one of Yarlung’s iconic early audiophile breakthrough albums. Look! There it is, in the top row of the HDTracks banner.
The album includes the James Matheson String Quartet, described by Tim Mangan in the Orange County Register warmly: "Matheson's String Quartet is an impressive piece of work The String Quartet is, perhaps first and foremost, beautifully orchestrated, the combination of instruments used to create one wondrous color after another. Also on this recording are soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Thomas Sauer performing Matheson's song cycle Times Alone. Jim set his songs to English translations by the eminent poet Robert Bly.
Laura Strickling, soprano. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Laura Strickling, soprano.
Presenting the music of James Matheson is an honor, and working with the team of musicians, composer James Matheson, Baird Dodge, Color Field Quartet, Laura Dixon Strickling, Thomas Sauer, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra proves infinitely rewarding. Field, a group comprising musicians of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony, for a recording of James Matheson's String Quartet, to be released in June 2016 on Yarlung Records.
James Matheson: Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Times Alone Baird Dodge, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Color Field Quartet; Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano Yarlung YAR25670 (CD). J. & Helen Schlichting, prods. Bob Attiyeh, stereo en. Tom Caulfield, multichannel eng. ADD/DDD.
CreditsThomas Sauer - Primary Artist
Laura Strickling - Primary Artist