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blogcritics Jon Sobel writes.......A new recording from the Catalyst Quartet of music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is part of an encouraging recent trend to celebrate Black classical music composers. It remains to be seen whether much of the music being aired out by artists and labels today will find places in the canon or even persist in the cultural consciousness; the momentum of white (mostly male) composers' oeuvres is a mighty one. But the Catalyst is doing its part, championing composers who deserves to be heard much more often, and beginning with one of the greatest.

The Catalyst Quartet and their guests bring out the charm and sophistication of all these pieces. It's a marvelous recording on two levels. One can gape at the maturity of the music Coleridge-Taylor created while still a student. And one can feel the excitement of discovering great music one didn't know, and knowing top-notch musicians are championing it.

Uncovered: Vol. 1, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is out now on Azica Records and available at Amazon and iTunes. Volume 2 will feature the works of Florence Price, and further volumes will feature Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and George Walker among other Black composers.

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