20 For 2020

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2561
Format: COMPACT DISC

Swaagh, Caleb van der; Speltz, Brook; Joyce, Molly; Ouzounian, Karen; Segev, Inbal; Zubel, Agata; Brooklyn Rider; Nickel, Christopher Tyler; Rosenbaum, Ian David; Pandya, Vivek; Andres, Timo; Foley, Xavier; Labro, Julien; Goodyear, Stewart; Fader, Oren; Frautschi, Jennifer; Tanaka, Mari; Iyer, Vijay; Polonsky, Anna; Mundy, Charlotte; Negrón, Angélica; Tao, Conrad; El Bacha, Camille

Cellist Inbal Segev’s inspirational commissioning project, 20 for 2020, originally released as four digital EPs, brings all 20 compositions together in a 2-album deluxe digipack, capped by the premiere of Inbal’s own work, Behold for cello quartet. The convergence of cataclysmic events of 2020 spurred cellist Inbal Segev to conceive an ambitious and inspirational commissioning project, 20 for 2020, for which she asked 20 composers to document in music their responses to the challenges posed by the pandemic and social unrest. The result is an utterly moving and immensely varied palette of strong and distinctive compositional voices spanning a range of ages, genders and cultures. Originally released over time as four digital EPs, all 20 compositions come together for the first time in a 2-album deluxe digipack, and are capped by the premiere of Inbal’s own work, Behold for cello quartet. When Inbal conceived 20 for 2020, she could not have foreseen the scope of musical imagination from the 20 composers she asked to write works for her. Further pronouncing her passion for promoting new works for her instrument: “Art needs to move forward, otherwise it will die.” Collectively these compositions celebrate a stunning array of music for the soulful sound of the cello in the 21st century.

Price: $42.98