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
– NPR's "ALL SONGS CONSIDERED"
"[Winter Morning Walks] is a sterling standard for American art song."
– SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE – Jeff Kaliss
"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
11. The Dead in Frock Coats
12. Souvenir of the Ancient World
13. Don't Kill Yourself
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Richard Tognetti, director and violin
Satu Vänskä, principal violin
Christopher Moore, principal and low register pianist (prepared piano) on "When I Switched on a Light"
Timo-Veikko Valve, principal
Ali Yazdanfar, guest principal
Alto Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Scott Robinson, guest
Frank Kimbrough, guest
Jay Anderson, guest
THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Steven Copes, concertmaster
Ruggero Allifranchini, associate concertmaster
Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violin
Thomas Kornacker, co-principal second violin
Daria T. Adams
Nina Tso-Ning Fan
Brenda Manuel Mickens
Peter McGuire, guest
Maiya Papach, acting principal
Evelina Chao, assistant principal
Che-Hung Chen, guest
Peter Stumpf, guest principal
Pitnarry Shin, guest
Christopher Brown, principal
Fred Bretschger, assistant principal
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, principal
Kathryn Greenbank, principal
Thomas Tempel, oboe and English horn
Timothy Paradise, principal
Charles Ullery, principal
Carole Mason Smith
Michael Gast, guest principal