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posted May 2, 2010, 10:33 AM by Ross Bauer   [ updated May 20, 2010, 12:48 PM by Jack Lincoln ]
Sequitur: Concertos II 

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"The three concertos on this recording are representative of a contemporary renaissance in concerto writing. The challenge for composers is how to tackle the range of technical and expressive problems. Ross Bauer, Steven Burke and Martin Matalon have each responded to that question with music that is fresh, imaginative, technically brilliant and dramatically convincing. Though not one of the works actually bears the title, each is a true concerto, albeit in a recognizably contemporary way."

Andrew Waggoner, CD liner notes

"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..... The soloists on this disc play superbly and their colleagues in Sequitur accompany with panache and passion. This is a disc that is inviting, jazzy, creative, and lots of fun!"

 Robert Moon, Audiophile Audition