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Excelsior

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Excelsior

Fifth House Ensemble

  • CDR 90000 148
Play Cedille Selects
    • Perpetual Spark (2011) (6:53)* — Arranged for Fifth House Ensemble

    • ALEX SHAPIRO (b. 1962)

      Perpetual Spark (2011) (6:53)* — Arranged for Fifth House Ensemble

    • Air (2012) (6:09)* — Written for and premiered at the 2012 fresh inc festival

    • JESSE LIMBACHER (b. 1991)

      Air (2012) (6:09)* — Written for and premiered at the 2012 fresh inc festival

    • I. The Continental Divide (4:20)

    • MASON BATES (b. 1977)

      Red River (2007) (19:23)

      I. The Continental Divide (4:20)

    • II. Interstate 70 (3:54)

    • II. Interstate 70 (3:54)

    • III. Zuni Visions from the Canyon Walls (4:38)

    • III. Zuni Visions from the Canyon Walls (4:38)

    • IV. Hoover Slates Vegas (3:49)

    • IV. Hoover Slates Vegas (3:49)

    • V. Running Dry on the Sonoran Floor (2:48)

    • V. Running Dry on the Sonoran Floor (2:48)

    • Excelsior (2012) (30:57)* — A New Music USA commission

    • CALEB BURHANS (b.1980) / JOHN COLETTI, librettist

      Excelsior (2012) (30:57)* — A New Music USA commission

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

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 disc also includes a work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence, Mason Bates.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 64:00

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Producer: Judith Sherman
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Recorded: Chicago Recording Company on June 5, September 27-28, 2013
Front Cover Design: DM Stith
Inside Booklet & Inlay Card Design: Nancy Bieschke
Photography: SnoStudios and Fifth House Ensemble

Publishers: Perpetual Spark (© 2011 Activist Music); Air (© 2012 Jesse Limbacher); Red River (© 2007 Aphra); Excelsior (© 2012 Burning Hands / Good Child Music Publishing)

Excelsior was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

© 2014 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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