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A Giant Beside You

by Ben Verdery & Ulysses Quartet

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    releases June 16, 2023

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Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata: I. Grazioso
Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata: II. Andantino-Vivace Leggiero
Ben Verdery: About To Fall
Ben Verdery: A Giant Beside You
Javier Farías: Andean Suite: I. Yawar Fiesta
Javier Farías: Andean Suite: II. Huayno
Javier Farías: Andean Suite: III. Diablada


Guitarist Ben Verdery and the Ulysses Quartet release an album of music for guitar and string quartet that displays the versatility and accessibility of the combination. With music by Bryce Dessner, Javier Farías, Verdery's arrangement of Leonard Benstein's 1942 Clarinet Sonata, and two works by Verdery himself for electric guitar with quartet, A Giant Beside You presents persuasive and committed performances of several new works that provide new options for concert programming for this engaging and eminently viable instrumentation.


releases June 16, 2023

Produced by Matthew LeFevre and Ben Verdery
Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Matthew LeFevre

Ben Verdery played a 1995 Greg Smallman on Quintet for High Strings, a Garrett Lee guitar for the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata and Andean Suite, and a Jack Vees electric guitar for About to Fall and A Giant Beside You
Ben Verdery plays on D’Addario strings exclusively

Design: Marc Wolf, marcjwolf.com

Cover Photogravure: Lothar Osterburg, Flat Earth, lotharosterburgphotogravure.com

All session photos and live photo of the Ulysses Quartet and Ben by Michael Sinicropi

In studio photo of Bryce Dessner with Matthew LeFevre, Ben Verdery

Javier Farias and Ben Verdery on stage courtesy of the Escuela Moderna de Musica, Santiago Chile




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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