Visionary chamber-music group Fifth House Ensemble of Chicago aims for the stratosphere with Excelsior, its adventurous debut album on Cedille Records. The title refers to an experimental, extreme-altitude U.S. Air Force project of the Cold War era.
Excelsior presents world-premiere recordings of works by Caleb Burhans, recipient of commissions from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress; prolific, award-winning composer Alex Shapiro; and Jesse Limbacher, winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The album also includes a work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence, Mason Bates.
"... This disc is a good introduction to modern music for anyone who has just begun to investigate the music of contemporary composers. The sound is clear and the recoding presents each instrument as separately as necessary for the integrity of each piece."
Maria Nockin - Fanfare - January/February 2015