recordings



 
Ross Bauer - Heartstrings

Heartstrings (2012)
The Water Wrecked the Sky (2011)
The Near Beyond (2005)
Tribute (2000)
Piano Quartet (2004)

Meitar Ensemble
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Empyrean Ensemble





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"Ross Bauer's music is intensely lyrical, powerfully dramatic, harmonically rich and variegated, beautifully proportioned, rhythmically agile and dynamic, vibrantly hued, and emotionally and expressively generous. The stellar performances on this disc will bear this out for the listener. Bauer is a consummate composer, deeply committed to writing music exhibiting not only the utmost skill and integrity, but also the desire to connect with his listeners."

Hayes Biggs




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Sequitur - Concertos II

Thin Ice (2006)
chamber concerto for cello and fourteen players
Greg Hesselink, cello
also includes works by Martin Matalon and Steven Burke

 "It’s a work where the cello leads but is primus inter pares with the other instruments. It’s distinctive because of Bauer’s creative orchestration – especially the percussion – and the integration of jazz elements into the four movement structure. The 23 minute work expresses moods – ‘Shadowy’ mimics the title by using percussive sounds. The 'Adagio' meanders searching for answers that the ‘Animato’ collaboratively resolves in a quiet ending.

Robert Moon, Audiophile Audition


 
Ross Bauer - Ritual Fragments

Eskimo Songs (1996)
Stone Soup (1995)
Motion (1998)
Ritual Fragments (1995)
Tributaries (1992)

Susan Narucki, soprano
Christine Schadeberg, mezzo-soprano





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"Anyone who wonders about the value and validity of modernist music should hear this outstanding album. These superbly crafted works demand much from the performers, both individually and as a group, and they offer an hour of fascination. The readings are wonderful -- well paced, thoughtful, fluent, and heartfelt, with an astonishing ensemble precision."

Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide
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Empyrean Ensemble Plays Music of Bauer, Frank & Ortiz

Octet (1994)
for three winds and string quintet
also includes works by Pablo Ortiz and Andrew Frank

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 "The poise and balance allow the savoring of the music and reflecting in the calm, lyrical moments. Octet has exceptional clarity of purpose, with a real sense of the large arch shape of its single movement. This is a very expressive work with Brahms in the far distance."

Robert Commanday, The San Francisco Classical Voice



 
Bending the Light

Tributaries (1992)
for cello, percussion, and piano

The Core Ensemble: Michael Parola, percussion, Andrew Mark, cello,  Hugh Hinton, piano

also includes works by Welcher, Shatin, Merryman, Lieuwen, Shrude


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"Lines of musical conversation cross over, smartly, in Ross Bauer's Tributaries, for cello, piano and percussion. Feisty, interactive writing is key -- one musician finishes another's sentence, and all exude a seductive restlessness beneath the neatly structured surface."

Josef Woodard, The Los Angeles Times





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Griffin Music Ensemble - Where Silence Reigns

Along the Way (1985)
for ten players
David Hoose, conductor

also includes works by Milton Babbitt and Timothy Geller

"The scoring is expert and idiomatic; there are condensed, notey passages that have a bracing intensity and beauty."

Anthony Tommasini, The Boston Globe




Recordings of Ross Bauer Conducting:


 
Salvos: Chamber Music of Mario Davidovsky

Empyrean Ensemble conducted by Ross Bauer

with Susan Narucki, Thalia Moore, Ellen Ruth Rose,
and Terrie Baune

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 "Always there is the unexpected and delightful. Events occur that catch the ear as brief, flirtatious discoveries, like one moment when the clarinet and flute whisper together, and another when a succession of entries build a harmony from which emerges thread-like strands in close counterpoint. There is both unpredictability and rightness in this music. You are always asking, "Now what is he doing?" and then smiling as it unfolds."

Robert Commanday, The San Francisco Classical Voice




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David Rakowski - Martian Counterpoint

Cerberus
Composed by David Rakowski

Empyrean Ensemble with Beth Wiemann,
Diane Maltester, Peter Josheff

Conducted by Ross Bauer

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David Rakowski is an amazingly inventive composer. This (Martian Counterpoint) is a great sampler of his music, giving 6 of his piano etudes (he has over 60 now), some chamber music and the brilliant Ten of a Kind for ten clarinets and wind ensemble.
GM, CD Hotlist

..."this new Albany release [Martian Counterpoint] is my first encounter with Rakowski's music... the music is fantastic... Listen up and enjoy"

Randy Nordschow, NewMusicBox



 
Hi Kyung Kim - Unknown Lives

Unknown Lives
Composed by Hi Kyung Kim

with Terrie Baune, Jennifer Culp, Daniel Kennedy,
Peter Josheff, Karen Rosenak, Tod Brody

Conducted by Ross Bauer



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Society of Composers Inc. - Milestones

Piano Quintet
Composed by Maria A. Niederberger

Empyrean Ensemble with James Winn, piano, Terrie Baune, violin I, Ellen Gronningen, violin II, Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, Thalia Moore, cello

Ross Bauer, conductor



 
Maria A. Niederberger - 
Music Between Two Continents


Tandem Points
Composed by Maria A. Niederberger

Empyrean Ensemble 
Ross Bauer, conductor



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