José Serebrier's life is a busy one as a successful conductor and composer. He had a very auspicious beginning which included winning the BMI Award for his First Symphony which was premiered by the great Leopold Stokowski, and all by the age of 18. At that time, he had already been fought over by two of the leading schools of music, and began a life-long friendship with composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Here, Serebrier conducts six of his compositions covering over half a century of writing.
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Following years of preparation for this album, Zuill Bailey said, "I was unaware of the depths of the music as a young person, but came to realize that there are so many ways of interpreting Bach that it channels where a cellist is at that precise moment. It has become such a personal journey for me." In a two-disc set, he performs the six cello suites of J.S. Bach.
Fans of choral music will leap at the opportunity to add this superb collection of the works of Morten Lauridsen to their playlists. The somewhat reclusive Lauridsen teams up with the vocal ensemble Voce, a group that only performs as a benefit organization. Included are a solo voice arrangement of "O Magnum Mysterium" and three works never before recorded.
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Violinist Lara St. John returns with the critically acclaimed ensemble, The Knights, and this time she brings along her brother. The two St. Johns perform three vibrant works of the young Mozart. The pair have been performing together since they were five (Scott) and three (Lara), and began touring when Lara was only 10. That early program included one of the selections recorded here, the Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364.