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Ingrid Arauco's music featured on new CD's

Ingrid Arauco, Associate Professor of Music, has her compositions featured on two recently released compact discs.  Invocation: Solo Piano and Chamber Music has been issued by Albany Records (Troy 1249).  Mélomanie’s album Florescence includes Arauco’s Florescence for flute and harpsichord, along with works by Hagerty, Rimple, Braddock, and Holdeman.  It is available on the Meyer Media label (MM 11016).

The solo album Invocation brings together a selection of Arauco’s music written, with one exception, in the last decade. Featured on this disc are Envoi, Ritorno, Hommage à Pierrot, and Meditation for solo piano, Sonata for cello and piano, Fantasy-Quartet for violin, cello, clarinet, and piano, and Piano Quartet. Performers include Charles Abramovic, Matthew Bengtson, and Debra Lew Harder, piano; Hirono Oka, violin; Burchard Tang, viola; John Koen, cello; and Paul Demers, clarinet. According to Arauco, the works on this album “share a seriousness of tone and an engagement with the musical past, including the modernist heritage. I hope that my ‘invocation’ reveals a longing not only to connect with the past, but to build upon its legacy in a distinctive and moving way.”

Arauco’s composition Florescence is included in a recent release by Mélomanie, an ensemble known for its provocative pairings of early and contemporary works performed on period and modern instruments. Florescence was written for ensemble members Kimberly Reighley, flute, and Tracy Richardson, harpsichord. “While composing,” notes Arauco, “I observed that some of my musical motifs formed tendril-like shapes on my manuscript page; hence ‘florescence’, a term which refers to the flowering or blossoming of plants.”

Both CDs, which feature superb performances by well-known artists, including musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, are available on Amazon and through the Albany Records and Meyer Media websites: www.albanyrecords.com and www.meyer-media.com.

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