Winter Morning Walks

Winter Morning Walks

  • When I Switched On a Light (excerpt)
  • Walking by Flashlight (excerpt)
  • My Wife and I Walk the Cold Road (excerpt)
  • Spring, the Sky Rippled with Geese (excerpt)
  • The Dead in Frock Coats (excerpt)
  • Souvenir of the Ancient World (excerpt)
  • Don't Kill Yourself (Excerpt)
  • Quadrille (excerpt)

Reviews

GRAMMY WINNER – Maria Schneider – Best Contemporary Classical Composition, “Winter Morning Walks"
GRAMMY WINNER – Dawn Upshaw – Best Classical Vocal Solo Performance
GRAMMY WINNER – David Frost, Tim Martyn, and Brian Losch – Best Engineered Album, Classical


"I regard this album as the most important set of song cycles since Andre Previn's 'Honey and Rue' and Peter Lieberson's 'Neruda Songs–and that is exceptionally high praise ... This is a phenomenal recording. Enough said."
– AUDIOPHILE AUDITION – Steven Ritter

"Lyrical, flowing, intimately expressive, with all the elements of words, music, voice and instruments in a seamless blend, this is music to fall in love with the first time — then immediately want to hear again. "
– NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO – John Montanari

"hauntingly beautiful"
– NPR's "ALL SONGS CONSIDERED"

"[Winter Morning Walks] is a sterling standard for American art song."
– SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE – Jeff Kaliss
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"WINTER MORNING WALKS"
Composed by Maria Schneider
Poems by Ted Kooser
Written for and performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson (bass), Frank Kimbrough (piano) & Scott Robinson (alto clarinet & bass clarinet)

    1.   Perfectly Still This Solstice Morning
    2.   When I Switched On a Light
    3.   Walking by Flashlight
    4.   I Saw a Dust Devil This Morning
    5.   My Wife and I Walk the Cold Road
    6.   All Night, in Gusty Winds
    7.   Our Finch Feeder
    8.   Spring, the Sky Rippled with Geese
    9.   How Important It Must Be

"CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE STORIES"
Composed by Maria Schneider
English Translations of Carlos Drummond de Andrade poetry by Mark Strand
Written for & performed by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra & Dawn Upshaw
Conducted by Maria Schneider

    10.   Prologue
    11.   The Dead in Frock Coats      
    12.   Souvenir of the Ancient World          
    13.   Don't Kill Yourself   
    14.   Quadrille


Credits

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Violins
Richard Tognetti, director and violin
Satu Vänskä, principal violin
Eriikka Maalismaa
Madeleine Boud
Rebecca Chan
Alice Evans
Aiko Goto
Mark Ingwersen
Ilya Isakovich
Veronique Serret

Violas
Christopher Moore, principal and low register pianist (prepared piano) on "When I Switched on a Light"
Nikki Divall
Alissa Smith

Cellos
Timo-Veikko Valve, principal
Julian Thompson
Eve Silver

Orchestral Bass
Ali Yazdanfar, guest principal

WITH GUESTS:
Alto Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Scott Robinson, guest

Piano
Frank Kimbrough, guest

Bass
Jay Anderson, guest
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THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Violins
Steven Copes, concertmaster
Ruggero Allifranchini, associate concertmaster
Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violin
Thomas Kornacker, co-principal second violin
Daria T. Adams
Sunmi Chang
Nina Tso-Ning Fan
Brenda Manuel Mickens
Elsa Nilsson
Leslie Shank
Michal Sobieski
Peter McGuire, guest

Violas
Maiya Papach, acting principal 
Evelina Chao, assistant principal
Tamás Strasser
Che-Hung Chen, guest

Cellos
Peter Stumpf, guest principal
Sarah Lewis
David Huckaby
Pitnarry Shin, guest
   
Basses
Christopher Brown, principal
Fred Bretschger, assistant principal

Flutes
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, principal
Alicia McQuerrey

Oboes
Kathryn Greenbank, principal
Thomas Tempel, oboe and English horn

Clarinet
Timothy Paradise, principal

Bassoons
Charles Ullery, principal
Carole Mason Smith

French Horns
Michael Gast, guest principal
Paul Straka

Trumpets
Douglas Carlsen, guest principal
Lynn Erickson

Piano
Timothy Lovelace, guest