On November 13, Ondine releases Kaija Saariaho: Let the wind speak, a disc of works by the Finnish composer, featuring the Da Camera-commissioned Sombre. Da Camera celebrated its 25th anniversary by commissioning Saariaho, one of the world’s foremost composers, to respond to Rothko Chapel. The performers are Daniel Belcher, baritone; Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Paul Ellison, double bass and Matthew Strauss, percussion.
This fall sees the release of two long-awaited Da Camera recordings on prestigious European labels featuring works inspired by Houston’s Rothko Chapel. On October 23, ECM releases Da Camera’s unique Music for Rothko Chapelprogram featuring Morton Feldman’s 1971 masterpiece Rothko Chapel and works of Satie and John Cage. Rothko Chapel was inspired by Morton Feldman’s visit to the chapel in 1971 and by his close friendship with Rothko, who died the previous year. The Da Camera recording is the first commercial recording of Feldman’s work made in Houston, connecting the work to its Houston roots and to the Chapel itself. The performers are Kim Kashkashian, viola; Houston Chamber Choir, conducted by Robert Simpson; Lauren Snouffer, soprano, Sonja Bruzauskas mezzo-soprano; Steven Schick, percussion and Sarah Rothenberg, piano and celeste.