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Jan. 17: The String Orchestra of Brooklyn Releases Debut Album afterimage, Feat. Works by Cerrone, Cooper, Paganini, and Pergolesi

December 3, 2019 | By Katy Salomon
Account Director, Morahan Arts and Media


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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Releases Debut Album afterimage

Featuring Works by Christopher Cerrone,
Jacob Cooper, Paganini, and Pergolesi 

Performed by The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Led by Eli Spindel, the Argus Quartet, Violinist
Rachel Lee Priday, Soprano Mellissa Hughes,
and Mezzo-Soprano Kate Maroney

Released January 17, 2020 on Furious Artisans
Physical Review Copies Available Upon Request

“Incredible displays of artistry, superb programming, and a commitment to commissioning new works make the String Orchestra of Brooklyn a force to be reckoned with.” – I Care if You Listen

www.thesob.org
 

New York, NY (December 3, 2019) — The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB), led by conductor Eli Spindel, releases its debut album afterimage on Friday, January 17, 2020 on Furious Artisans. The record features 2020 Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Cerrone’s High Windows featuring the SOB and the Argus Quartet; Jacob Cooper’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney, and the SOB; Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 6 in G minor "The Trill / Tremolo" (Lento) featuring violinist Rachel Lee Priday; and the first movement of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, “Stabat Mater Dolorosa.”

Of the release, SOB conductor Eli Spindel says, “Recorded in 2016 and now released in 2020, afterimage features some of String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s favorite long-time collaborators. Jacob Cooper's Stabat Mater and Christopher Cerrone's High Windows take as their starting point a single moment from an older work and––through processes of repetition, distortion, and, in the case of the Stabat Mater, extreme slow-motion––create a completely new soundscape, like opening up a small door into an unfamiliar world. We hope you find them as beautifully disorienting as we do.”

Christopher Cerrone’s High Windows (2013), co-commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and the Toomai String Quintet, was inspired by the windows of St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, the space in which the piece was first performed, and also refers to a Philip Larkin poem in which the author sums up the tumult of his youth. Cerrone reflects, “High Windows was a piece written for friends: Eli Spindel and I were neighbors at the time and I’m a longtime collaborator of the original soloists and co-commissioners, the Toomai String Quintet. I knew the church where the work would be premiered and the specific skills and strengths of the orchestra. There are many things in High Windows that are old: the opening of the piece samples a fragment from one of Paganini’s Caprices (No. 6 in G minor), the central section quotes an older piece of mine (Hoyt–Schermerhorn, for piano and electronics), and perhaps most prominently, High Windows is a sonata, a musical form which originated in the 17th century. In using these old elements and putting them in a familiar order, I strove to create recognizable signposts to guide the listener through the distinct sections of the piece. As a result, the focus becomes not these distinct sections, but rather the interaction between them: how they fit together, commingle, and discretely evolve and resolve. More than anything, though, the piece is an exercise in mixing these disparate elements—high and low, allusion and abstraction—to make something new.”

Jacob Cooper says, “When I wrote Stabat Mater Dolorosa (2009) a decade ago, I was fascinated by empirical studies that suggest we experience an extreme slowing-down of time at the moment of (near-)death—a car suspended in the air during a violent crash, or a slip down a steep rock face, creating a sense of eternal present. I decided to transfer this concept of temporal hyper-magnification to music, using a time-stretched version of the first movement of Pergolesi’s 1736 Stabat Mater as a point of departure. While the Stabat Mater text focuses on the Virgin Mary’s grief over Jesus’s death, Stabat Mater Dolorosa piece sheds the Christian framework, adapting the text to contemplate maternal grief more generally while attempting to retain much of what a religious meditation can offer: unencumbered time to reflect, a sense of spirituality, and perhaps, even a brush with transcendence.”

About the String Orchestra of Brooklyn
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn is a unique community of musicians who come together in a supportive environment to enrich the life of our communities through music. Embracing an inclusive approach to music-making, the SOB seeks to democratize both the production and reception of concert music. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Eli Spindel, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn is “quickly solidifying its role as a major orchestral figure in the borough. Incredible displays of artistry, superb programming, and a commitment to commissioning new works make the String Orchestra of Brooklyn a force to be reckoned with.” (I Care if You Listen). The SOB provides an enriching creative outlet to hundreds of musicians, and accessible, adventurous programming to thousands of concertgoers and community members in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.thesob.org.

afterimage Track List
1. Christopher Cerrone – High Windows (2013) [12:54]
     Argus Quartet
     The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
     Eli Spindel, conductor
*Co-commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Toomai String Quintet 

2. Jacob Cooper – Stabat Mater Dolorosa (2009) [27:28]
     Mellissa Hughes, soprano
     Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
     The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
     Eli Spindel, conductor

3. Niccolò Paganini – Caprice No. 6 in G minor "The Trill / Tremolo" (Lento) [5:29]
     Rachel Lee Priday, violin

4. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Stabat Mater, I. “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” [3:37]
     Mellissa Hughes, soprano
     Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
     The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
     Eli Spindel, conductor

Total Time: 48:48

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