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Thomas: Dream Catcher

Thomas: Dream Catcher

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Clarissa Bevilacqua writes: “Dear Listener, Welcome to Dream Catcher, an album that journeys through ten unique compositions, ten bewitching stories that lead us away from the constant Rush of everyday lives… As a new artist in the industry myself, I feel a certain calling to break this pattern by championing and performing works that reflect our present instead of our past, and by striving to surprise my audiences with music that they can discover and even relate to. This debut album is my first of hopefully many projects that strive to achieve this, and it is also my reply to all those people who believe classical music is a thing of the past. I met Augusta Reed Thomas by total surprise about five years ago in Chicago, where I was performing a recital that included her “Capricious Toccata: Dandelion Sky”. It was the first time that I had had the opportunity to discuss a piece of music with the actual composer, and I became absolutely fascinated with the world of possibilities that such a dialogue can lead to. I instantly started to study other works of hers, and began programming them in several of my recitals throughout the years. The more I performed these pieces and became familiar with Augusta’s compositional style, the more I felt myself wanting to create something tangible and long-lasting with these works. And thus, at the beginning of the global pandemic a few years ago, the idea for this album was born. This album features Augusta’s complete works for solo violin, as well as the world premier recording of her Violin Concerto No. 3 “Juggler in Paradise”…”


This first recording by violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua shows her desire to introduce new music to the public...Thomas studied with Oliver Knussen and Pierre Boulez. Among many other prizes, she has been awarded the Polar Music Prize. Her music is spirited, engaging and much focused. In other words, she knows how to express herself in small forms...The nine individual pieces, each lasting from two to six and a half minutes, nevertheless produce small narratives that appear to be a framed picture, but do not take on the format of imposing tapestries. The Third Violin Concerto is her most extensive work of this kind to date.

Read Thomas knows how to always let the violin take the lead. She channels the many possibilities that arise from the instrumentation into small splinters and phrases. In doing so, she avoids covering up the solo instrument.

And yes, all the pieces use a modern tonal language and yet are of such an appealing nature that listening is easy...The violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua knows very well how to bring out this light and descriptive character with elegant playing and nimble technique. She gives each movement its own character, making this collection a small gallery. For the Violin Concerto, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni offer their delicately subtle support. With deliberate focus, they reveal aspects of the percussive elements as well, for example, setting painterly points of light.

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 1
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    • Label: Nimbus
    • UPC/Barcode: 0710357810923
    • Item Number: NI8109