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CD: Sempiternal Songs

Sempiternal Songs

This album features original music and arrangements written for the unique duo of trumpeter Ryan Gardner and harpist Louisa Ellis Woodson, known as Semptineral Sounds.  This unusual pairing empowers the artists to be creative with their arrangements allowing for a fascinating color palette while always staying true to the melody. The album showcases a versatile repertoire including arrangements of songs by Debussy, de Falla, Rameau, Bernstein, Schubert and Schumann; an arrangement of a showpiece by Arban on a theme from Bellini’s Norma; and unaccompanied works by Bach and Presser. Also included is a world premiere of Alba by Katie Saxon, a piece that was comissioned by the artists, which takes inspiration from a poem by Giraut de Bornelh.