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Caroline Shaw asks us to listen on recording with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / New Classical Tracks

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When it comes to Baroque music, very little is written on the page, so it's up to the musicians to imagine and bring their own ideas to light. That's one reason Caroline Shaw was so excited to write her first oratorio for chorus and period instrument orchestra. It's titled, "Listeners," and it's one of two new works featured on a new recording with Nicholas McGegan, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and chorale. Mezzo-soprano Anne-Sophie Von Otter is also the featured soloist in a song-cycle composed just for her titled, "Is a Rose."

Caroline Shaw is probably best known for being the youngest recipient ever to win a Pulitzer-Prize back in 2013. "And now it's been seven years or so and quite a lot has changed. So I'm really grateful for a lot of the opportunities to work with musicians that I never thought that I would ever meet like Anne Sophie von Otter and Renee Fleming and people that I'm just really lucky to get to work with them and and a chance to grow. And I feel like with every piece that I've been able to, you know, have the opportunity to write since then, I've learned a lot and grown a lot. And I'm really grateful for that.

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