Orchestral

Delights & Dances

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Delights & Dances

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    • Delights & Dances for String Quartet and String Orchestra (13:03)*

    • MICHAEL ABELS

      Delights & Dances for String Quartet and String Orchestra (13:03)*

    • I. Allegro con brio (7:42)

    • BENJAMIN LEES

      Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (20:49)

      I. Allegro con brio (7:42)

    • II. Andante cantando (7:32)

    • II. Andante cantando (7:32)

    • III. Allegro energico (5:28)

    • III. Allegro energico (5:28)

    • “Saibei Dance” from Saibei Suite No. 2 (4:08)

    • AN-LUN HUANG

      “Saibei Dance” from Saibei Suite No. 2 (4:08)

    • Mambo (2:06)

    • LEONARD BERNSTEIN arr. RANDALL CRAIG FLEISCHER

      West Side Story Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (25:47)*

      Mambo (2:06)

    • Cha Cha (2:02)

    • Cha Cha (2:02)

    • Maria (2:32)

    • Maria (2:32)

    • Tonight (3:17)

    • Tonight (3:17)

    • Cadenza (4:44)

    • Cadenza (4:44)

    • Prologue (2:42)

    • Prologue (2:42)

    • America (2:56)

    • America (2:56)

    • Quintet (3:18)

    • Quintet (3:18)

    • Cadenza 2 (0:59)

    • Cadenza 2 (0:59)

    • Finale (1:07)

    • Finale (1:07)

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

Delights & Dances, the Chicago Sinfonietta’s first recording with its new music director, award-winning conductor Mei-Ann Chen, does what this singular ensemble does best: it captivates listeners of all ages and diverse ethnic backgrounds through irresistible music and superb musicianship. On Delights & Dances, the Chicago Sinfonietta, a standard-bearer for racial diversity in the orchestral world, works its magic through a one-of-kind program featuring music for string quartet and orchestra, with guest artist, the Harlem Quartet.

The album takes its title from Michael Abels’ witty, soulful, and infectiously rhythmic Delights & Dances, which receives its world premiere recording. The greatly admired contemporary African-American composer wrote the work for the Harlem Quartet, an ensemble of first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition for outstanding young black and Latino string players. A New York Times review of the work’s 2007 premiere, presented at Carnegie Hall, described the piece as “an energetic arrangement . . . which incorporates jazz, blues, bluegrass and Latin dance elements” — and which the Harlem Quartet “played with panache.”

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 64:10

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Recorded: June 19–20, 2012 in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
Cover: Harem Dancers (the Jack Cole Group) performing at the Harem Nightclub in New York City, January 1, 1947; (Photo by Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Cover Design: Sue Cotrill
Inside Booklet & Inlay Card: Nancy Bieschke

Publishers:
Abels ©2007 Subito Music Publishing
Lees ©1968 Boosey & Hawkes
Huang ©1975 An-Lun Huang
Bernstein/Fleischer ©2011 Boosey & Hawkes.

© 2013 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago


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