FROM SHADOW TO LIGHTMusic for Winds From Poland
Tadeusz Baird, Janina Garścia, Witold Lutosławski, Antoni Szałowski, Władysław Walentynowicz, Wawrzyniec żuławski
Bethany Gonella, flute
Anastasiya Nyzkodu, clarinet
Stuart Sutter, oboe
Marta Troicki, bassoon
PROGRAM NOTESSONORA WINDS was formed in 2016 with the goal of bringing accessible, lesser-known music to audiences through transformative performance experiences. As part of that mission, the members of Sonora – of diverse musical backgrounds and passionate about music-making – offer this album of colorful works for flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon by six 20th-century Polish composers.
Bethany Gonella is a flutist, piccolo player and baroque flutist, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Gonella performs frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and also in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Winona Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, she received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to acquire a baroque traverso flute, pursue further study of baroque performance practice and give two recitals on the instrument. Gonella teaches both privately and as adjunct flute professor at the University of St. Thomas; she previously taught for five years at Winona State University. Gonella holds degrees in flute performance from University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California.
Clarinetist Anastasiya Nyzkodub is a sought after orchestral performer, and has performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Fringe Opera, among others. Nyzkodub has also performed Russian solo and chamber repertoire in collaboration with Denis Evstuhin and Helen Chung, and has played and toured with New Music Ensemble. In 2015, she received First Prize at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition and was a semi-finalist in William Byrd Young Artist Competition in 2017. At that time, in addition to performing, Nyzkodub worked as a teaching assistant for the Music Theory and Ear-Training Department at the University of Minnesota. She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Nyzkodub principal teachers include Alex Fiterstein, Scott Anderson, Arthur Cambell and her father, Segei Nizkodub.
Stuart Sutter currently plays second oboe and English horn with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota, and is a regular player with several orchestras in the Midwest, including the Quad City Symphony in Iowa. Sutter was featured as a soloist with the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire orchestra, playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto. An avid baroque music performer, Sutter took part in touring performances of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the United States and Germany as part of collaboration between the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the University of Minnesota. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, he began studying the oboe at the Lawrence Academy of Music, going on to earn a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. His primary teachers were Leslie Outland Michelic, Christa Garvey, Carrie Vecchione and John Snow.
Bassoonist Marta Troicki has performed with New York Choral Society Orchestra and Five: a Woodwind Quintet. Troicki has performed at numerous notable venues, including Carnegie Hall, and in many settings, including chamber and orchestral. While based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was Principal Bassoon with the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra, and has been featured as a chamber and concerto soloist with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in venues in Europe and the Middle East. Troicki has studied the bassoon in both the United States and Europe, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a Master’s degree from the Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York, and an Artist Diploma Degree from the F. Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in bassoon performance at the University of Minnesota School of Music where she is a Berneking Fellow.
PROGRAMWITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994)
TRIO for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon (1945)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poco adagio
III. Allegro giocoso (Rondo)
ANTONI SZAŁOWSKI (1907-1973)
TRIO for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon (1937)
WAWRZYNIEC ŻUŁAWSKI (1916-1957)
ARIA CON VARIAZIONI for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon (1950)
WŁADYSŁAW WALENTYNOWICZ (1902-1999)
TRIO FOR REEDS (Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon) (1952)
I. All in Harmony (Wspólnie, zgodnie)
II. In Waltz Time (Wrytmie walca)
III. Conversation (Rozmowa)
IV. Merry March (Zabawny marsz)
TADEUSZ BAIRD (1928-1981)
DIVERTIMENTO for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon (1956)
III. Quasi Valse
JANINA GARŚCIA (1920-2004)
TEMA CON VARIAZIONI for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon (1967)
Recorded in September 2018 at LCCR, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Producer: Jefferson Campbell and Marta Troicki. Recording, editing and mastering: Reid Kruger.