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Victoria Bond’s passion for chamber music is evident in each of the 100-plus works she has composed in the genre. She founded Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in 1998 to showcase living composers and their chamber works, and she continues to serve as artistic director of the annual festival in New York City.

This release showcases four of her 21st-century chamber works for various combinations of instruments, plus voice. They are all engagingly inventive, both in concept and in construction.

Victoria BOND (b. 1945)
Instruments of Revelation 1
Frescoes and Ash 1
Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming 2 • Binary 3

Rufus Müller, Tenor 2
Jenny Lin 2 and Olga Vinokur 3, Pianos
Chicago Pro Musica 1

Victoria Bond is a distinguished force in contemporary music. She is known for her melodic and dramatic flair, and her orchestral works, chamber pieces and operas have been lauded by The New York Times as “powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding.” This collection of world premiere recordings by GRAMMY® Award-winning ensemble Chicago Pro Musica provides an essential overview of Bond’s multi-faceted inventiveness – from a musical interpretation of tarot cards in Instruments of Revelation, to descriptive and dramatic images of the tragic city of Pompeii in Frescoes and Ash. Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming expresses in music what is left to our imagination in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and the mathematics of Binary turn the digits 0 and 1 into variations on a Brazilian samba.

Listen to an extract from Frescoes and Ash:
I. Street musicians
About the Artists
Victoria Bond | © Anna Ablogina
A prolific composer, Victoria Bond has written oratorios, ballets, concertos and orchestral works, as well as vocal works and keyboard compositions. She is also renowned for her operas, including Clara (about Clara Schumann, premiered at the Berlin Philharmonic Easter Festival), and Mrs. President (about an 1872 candidate), as well as The Miracle of Light, The Adventures of Gulliver, and several others. She is also the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School.
Jenny Lin | © Liz Linder
Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, pianist Jenny Lin studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from the Johns Hopkins University.
Olga Vinokur
Pianist Olga Vinokur has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras in the US, Europe and China in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, the Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall, Prague, and Kings Place, London.
Rufus Müller | © Eleanor Bentall
British-German tenor Rufus Müller enjoys a distinguished career in opera, oratorio and recital performances. He has sung worldwide with pianist Maria João Pires, notably in an extended Schubertiade at the Wigmore Hall, and on tour with Schubert’s Winterreise. A prize-winner at international competitions, he is associate professor of music at Bard College, New York.
John Bruce Yeh | © Todd Rosenberg
John Bruce Yeh
Jennifer Gunn | © Todd Rosenberg
Jennifer Gunn
Stephanie Jeong | © Todd Rosenberg
Stephanie Jeong
Catherine Brubaker | © Todd Rosenberg
Catherine Brubaker
Baird Dodge | © Todd Rosenberg

Vadim Karpinos | © Todd Rosenberg
Vadim Karpinos
Nolan Pearson | © Todd Rosenberg
Nolan Pearson
Robert Kassinger | © Todd Rosenberg
Robert Kassinger
double bass
Daniel Katz | © Todd Rosenberg

Founded in 1979 by clarinetist John Bruce Yeh with distinguished colleagues from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Pro Musica continues into its fourth decade with premieres of cutting-edge 21st-century chamber music as well as groundbreaking interpretations of classic concert repertoire.
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Farley • Bolcom
‘... this is a fascinating collection from one of the most individual American composers around ... it's vividly recorded and is delivered with effervescent enthusiasm by both performers.’
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Kim, W. • Williams
Kim, J. • Park
‘I love this album! enhakē is a brilliant ensemble and this is a great chamber collection ... a well- structured and terrifically played program. This ought to appeal to any lover of modern—but accessible—chamber music or any performer looking to get some vibrant new programming ideas.’
Audiophile Audition
‘... convincing and passionate performances of these extremely difficult pieces which are among the most daunting but rewarding chamber works of our time.’
The WholeNote
‘If I were Morten Lauridsen and my work was in the artistic care of a choir like the Elora Festival Singers I would feel that my creative vision was in exceptionally good hands.’
‘I found these pieces so engaging and the performances by Continuum so expertly made that I wanted to play this disc over and over. I think you'll be just as exhilarated by what
you hear...’
Chicago Tribune
‘The Ives quartet plays splendidly throughout, sounding completely at home in the idiom, with many
eloquent solos and truly chamber musical interplay. Porter can rarely have had more committed advocacy than these players bring to their work on this disc.’
MusicWeb International

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