Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: American Quintets

June 24, 2021, 9:00 am

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The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective was founded in 2017 by Tom Poster and Elena Urioste, who met through the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program. The Collective operates with a flexible roster of today’s most inspirational musicians. For their debut recording, the ensemble performs Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet, which the KCC fell in love with during a residency at the Cheltenham festival. Florence Price faced “two handicaps – those of sex and race,” and much of her music remained unpublished at the time of her death. It was not until 2009 that a cache of her manuscripts was discovered, including the score for the Piano Quintet in A minor that receives its world premiere recording here. Between these two piano quintets sits Samuel Barber’s early Dover Beach, a setting of Matthew Arnold’s famous poem.