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Latest Release

Aaron Jay Kernis: On Distant Shores

Aaron Jay Kernis: On Distant Shores (Pheonix USA 2015)
Evelyne Luest, piano; Susan Babini, cello; Joseph Peters, oboe; Daedalus Quartet; Ayako Oshima, clarinet; Caroline Stinson, cello

Release features the Ballad for cello and piano and the clarinet trio Trio in Red, as well as the ballet score On Distant Shore written for Rioult Dance New York.

"The Ballad, influenced by the death of the composer’s mother, was originally for cello and cello ensemble prior to this arrangement. Poignantly expressive, the piece casts a shadow far longer than its nine-minute duration. Caroline Stinson is a superb soloist, her tone full, and capable of bringing off the full emotional weight of the climax... Fans of the music of Aaron Jay Kernis need not hesitate."
–- Colin Clark (Fanfare) read more
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Solo Albums

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Lines: European Lineages in American Music (Albany Records 2011)
Caroline Stinson, cello, with Molly Morkoski, piano

Music of Bloch, Sessions, Harbison, Lutoslawski, Stucky, Waggoner, Weesner, Boulanger and Carter

"All through these pieces the one constant of Caroline Stinson's gorgeous instrument carries the common tune, and a beautiful one it is. She has it all, fabulous tone, great technique, innate musicality, and a real sense of how to project a wide variety of contemporary music."
–- Steven E. Ritter (Fanfare)
"[Caroline Stinson] plays with considerable concern for the listenable aspects of all of this music. That and the relationships between the composers make this a worthy investment..."
-- American Record Guide
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Chamber Music Albums

Weesner, Small and Mighty Forces

Anna Weesner: Small and Mighty Forces (Albany Records 2014)
Open End Ensemble: with Miranda Cuckson, violin; Asmira Woodward-Page, violin; Andrew Waggoner, Violin; Steve Beck, piano; Molly Morkoski, piano; Blair McMillen, piano; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Caroline Stinson, cello; Sophie Shao, cello; Paul Hostetter, conductor; Mary Nessinger, soprano

Lift High, Reckon—Fly Low, Come Close
with Andrew Waggoner, violin; and Molly Morkoski, piano

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Lark Quartet: Composing America (Bridge Records 2014)
Lark Quartet with pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Stephen Salters and percussionist Yousif Sheronick

"Impressive... Breathtaking... Brilliant... The recording’s three-dimensional reality, captured at SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center, sounds so magnificent that the whole musical experience actually matches the florid imagination of Andrew Waggoner’s booklet-note."
–- Laurence Vittes (Gramophone Magazine)
"… a fascinating anthology, and... exceptionally well-played… It’s hard to imagine a more committed and carefully prepared performance..."
-- International Record Review

John Adams: 5 mvmts from John’s Book of Alleged Dances for String Quartet and Percussion; William Bolcom: Billie in the Darbies for Baritone and String Quartet; Aaron Copland 2 Pieces for String Quartet; Paul Moravec: Piano Quintet

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Gabriela Lena Frank: Compadrazgo (Albany Records 2013)
Ensemble Meme: with Harumi Rhodes and Austin Hartman, violins; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; Molly Morkoski, piano

Tres Homenajes: Compadrazgo (for Piano Quintet)

Born in Berkeley to a mother of Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions.

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An Exhaltation of Larks: Jennifer Higdon (Bridge Records 2013)
Lark Quartet with Gary Graffman, piano; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Blair Mcmillen: piano

Chosen as Album of the Week by New York City's WQXR 3/2013

"Lark Quartet manages a performance that brings together the varying definitions of the word ("Exaltation") into a seamless whole that's as much heart as it is head."
"The Lark is a quartet rooted in tradition and lyricism, yet the four musicians have an openness and sensitivity to timbre that brings their interpretations nuance as well as occasional edge."
–-New Music Box

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Terror and Memory: Andrew Waggoner (Albany Records 2011)
Open End Ensemble, Corigliano Quartet, Flexible Music, Caroline Stinson: cello, Molly Morkoski: piano, Ensemble Nordlys

Livre for cello and piano (written for Caroline Stinson)
Inventory of Terrors for Piano Quintet

"[Waggoner's] music has everything we have come to expect from the greatest of contemporary composers–-confidence, originality, expressivity, and above all, palpable meaning."

""The performances...are stunning. …the musicians rise to the occasion, delivering impassioned and towering performances. Special praise goes to cellist Caroline Stinson, whose beautiful instrument invariably glows like the voice of hope in the ocean of despair."
--Radu A. Lelutiu, Fanfare Magazine 4/2012

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A Different World: The Music of James MacMillan (Estile Records 2011)
with Gregory Harrington, violin, and Simon Mulligan, piano

Fourteen Little Pictures, for piano trio

Chosen by Musicweb International as disc of the month, 7/2011

"They simply play MacMillan's translucent and yet penetrating music in a way that allows you to hear every nuance, every phrase and every subtlety of texture."
–-MusicWeb read more

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Keep Going: Music of Elias Tanenbaum (Ravello Records, PARMA Recordings 2010)
Ensemble Pi: with Airi Yoshioka, violin, and Idith Meshulam, piano

Changing Times, for piano trio

“brilliant, proud playing … with conviction and verve”
–- Sounds of America, Gramophone, UK

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Rest: Music of Ushio Torikai (Innova 2009)
Continuum Ensemble: with Benjamin Fingland, clarinet, and Renée Jolles, violin

Bashulli Pocum

"Five very different pieces of uncompromising and experimental modern composition"
–- The Jazz Mann

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Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album (Bridge Records 2006)
with Clara Rockmore, theremin and Nadia Reisenberg, piano
with 2 tracks accompanied by cello ensemble

“Intimately involved with Leon Theremin in the development of the instrument, Clara Rockmore's career as a thereminist had her performing with major orchestras and with her sister, the legendary pianist, Nadia Reisenberg”
–- Bridge Records

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It Is My Heart Singing: Tina Davidson (Albany 2006)
with the Cassatt String Quartet and Stephen Manes, piano

“... emotionally generous, genuinely uplifting music ... by the excellent Cassatt Quartet”
–- David Patrick Sterns, Philadelphia Inquirer

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In Shadow, In Light : Music of Steven Stucky (Albany 2004)
with the Cassatt Quartet

Stucky received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Second Concerto for Orchestra.

“great arcs of tensely radiant harmony, beautifully imagined for the medium.” –- Paul Griffiths, New York Times

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Daniel S. Godfrey : String Quartets (Koch 2004)
with the Cassatt Quartet

Selected by The New Yorker as one of 2004’s top 10 releases.

“ These three works are beautifully the stellar Cassatts” –- Greg Cahil, Strings Magazine

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Chamber Music by Lawrence Dillon (Albany 2002)
with the Cassatt Quartet

“ Rich, full-blooded, stylistically uninhibited…[the] performances are knockouts...” –- Robert Carl, Fanfare Magazine

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David Popper : Romantic Cello Showpieces (Naxos 2001)
with Maria Kliegel and the Esterhazy Orchestra

“ The full score brings out the emotion in the music, and Caroline Stinson and Johann Ludwig are admirable partners.”
–- David Preiser,

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