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Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2

Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2, the new CD of orchestral works by Dr Arlene Sierra has been released and is now available internationally.

The CD is the second in a series from Bridge Records devoted to her music and features performances by BBC National Orchestra of Wales, led by Principal Guest Conductor, Jac Van Steen, which has played Dr Sierra’s orchestral music more frequently than any other orchestra.

Dr Sierra said: “Making a new CD is a long, careful process, with elements of surprise. We initially thought this CD would have possibly one orchestral piece fitting in with a few smaller works. But the BBC NOW were so flexible and accommodating, we realized that a full orchestral disc was not just preferable, but actually possible.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to collaborate with than BBC NOW and Jac Van Steen. They brought tremendous understanding, clarity, technique, and also great power and flair. Jac brings the best out of the orchestra and helps them tackle challenging scores with confidence.”

The CD features orchestral works, spanning from Dr Sierra’s beginnings as a professional composer back in 2001 to her most recent orchestral commission in 2012. Discussing the pieces, Dr Sierra said: “Two works, Art of War and Game of Attrition are continuations of my series of pieces based on evolution and strategy, while the others, Aquilo and Moler, connect with a more general interest in the workings of the natural world.”

New York-based label Bridge Records has committed to a series of portrait discs of Dr Sierra’s music. The debut CD – Arlene Sierra, Vol.1 – was critically acclaimed on release in 2011 and featured performances by pianist Vassily Primakov, soprano Susan Narucki, the Daedalus Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble with conductor Jayce Ogren.

Dr Sierra said: “Having completed Volume 1 and Volume 2, we’re thinking possibly vocal music, including my choral works and song cycles for the forthcoming Volume 3.”

Related links:
Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2 on Amazon (UK)
Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2 on iTunes (UK)