Pulitzer and GRAMMY® Award winner Jennifer Higdon is one of the most performed living American composers, and this program provides a unique opportunity to hear première recordings of her earlier chamber music. The String Trio was written while Higdon was a developing young composer, and the influences of Prokofiev and Copland can be heard in the Sonata for Viola and Piano. The beauty and immensity of the Western US sky was the inspiration for Sky Quartet, while Dark Wood explores the soulful and virtuoso character of the bassoon. Higdon’s “vibrant and individual voice” (Limelight Magazine) can be heard in further chamber works on Naxos 8.559298.
"This generous collection offers early chamber works of Jennifer Higdon ... The programme confirms that this composer’s excellence can be heard at all points in her career... Performances are exceptional. these are all first recordings..."
Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide - January/February 2014
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B Schäfer - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - December 2013/ January 2014