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Composed by Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and Clara Iannotta (1983-). Classical. CD. Naxos #FCR233. Published by Naxos (NX.FCR233).
Item Number: NX.FCR233
Violin and viola duo andPlay (Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola) release their debut recording featuring music by Ashkan Behzadi, Clara Iannotta, and David Bird. The duo's fluency with contemporary performance techniques and aesthetics is grounded in their symbiotic ensemble performances, bringing their finely tuned interpretive instincts to music that exists across a wide expressive range. Described by I Care If You Listen as "enthusiastic champions for new music and collaboration" and performing "with a welcoming and dynamic spirit," andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. The New York City-based duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012 and has since commissioned over thirty works.