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Music 7:10 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2010

CD reviews: Music by composers with local connections

For the AJC

Jennifer Higdon’s “The Singing Rooms” and Alvin Singleton’s “PraiseMaker.” Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 79 minutes. Telarc. Grade: B

Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto. Violinist Hilary Hahn and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko. 68 minutes. Deutsche Grammophon. Grade: B+

Jennifer Higdon, one of the Atlanta Symphony’s “Atlanta school” composers, is a volcano poised to erupt.

Highly industrious, she’s composed music for almost all the major genres. She won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music, solidifying her credentials. Most revealingly, Higdon is among the most-performed living American composers -- musicians want to play her music and audiences want to hear it.

Two new CDs (also available as downloads) show Higdon at her considerable best -- while revealing how much more she’s got to grow as a communicator.


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