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by Dalia Raudonikytė With

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Composer Dalia Raudonikytė With focuses on exploring nuances within the phenomenon of sound, approaching it from a variety of multi-disciplinary angles including the visual arts, literature, philosophy, computer programming and ethnography. Her music often creates implicit links to passages from great literature by including literary quotes in her scores that encode the performer’s perception and interpretation with extra-musical reference points. In her solo clarinet work, Solitarius, we hear whispered fragments of text occasionally woven into the fabric of the performance itself, a window into the unspoken literary source that informs its interpretation. The work unfolds otherwise as a thoughtful soliloquy, a rhetorical dialogue with different sides of oneself. Ventus is timbrally more exploratory, as fluttering extended techniques in the saxophone merge with unstable sounds in the electronics. The chamber orchestra piece Grues et nix revels in dense sound masses and long, sustained lines, creating cresting waves of evocative and expressive harmony. FCH, an homage to Frederic Chopin, begins with an exploration of sparse lyricism before evoking its dedicatee through pianistic passagework. the solo guitar work Primo cum lumine solis also sticks with conventional harmony for the most part, melding the free, rhetorical dialogue of Solitarius with modal harmonic treatment. The final section of the piece breaks away from the prevailing lyricism with some angular passagework before the final cadence brings back the expansive character of the opening section. The final work on the program returns to the fragility of the extended techniques of the solo saxophone, with unearthly multi-phonics behaving as architectural pillars for this strange and evocative sonic language. Dalia R. With’s expressive palette is driven not by aesthetic agendas, but instead by an internal muse. At her disposal is a strong command over experimental instrumental technique as well as a penchant for beautiful expressive melancholy, and connecting the diverse expressive worlds she inhabits is a solemn, lyrical quality that pierces through all of the varied textures she employs.


released July 7, 2017

Producer: Dalia Raudonikytė With
Engineers: Gisburg (tracks 1 and 5), Cato Langnes (track 2), Michailas Omeljančukas (track 4), Arnas Akelaitis (track 6)
Recording locations: Harvestworks, New York, NY (tracks 1 and 5), NOTAM, Oslo, Norway (track 2), Union Palace of Culture Vilnius, Lithuania (track 3), PIANO.LT, Vilnius, Lithuania (track 4), Kaunas State Philharmonic Society, Lithuania (track 6)
Mastering: Gisburg, Harvestworks, New York, NY
Design: Marc Wolf, Nibiri Design Services
Project Management: Daniel Lippel
Produced with the support from the Norwegian Society of Composers




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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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