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listen  1. Duet No. 1, "Chorale Pointing Downwards"Nadia Sirota10:10Album Only
listen  2. Etude 1ANadia Sirota 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. UtNadia Sirota 5:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. EscapeNadia Sirota14:04Album Only
listen  5. Live WaterNadia Sirota 6:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Etude 1Nadia Sirota 3:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Night GatherersThe Chiara String Quartet12:59Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Chiara String Quartet
  • Conductor: --
  • Composer: Marcos Balter, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly
  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Amsterdam
  • ASIN: B002RJJ6T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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first things first is the debut album from acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota, featuring new works by Marcos Balter, Judd Greenstein, and Nico Muhly.

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Nadia Sirota: "First Things First" (New Amsterdam Records): The violist takes on new and recent works by three leading young composers, Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter and Judd Greenstein. The seven compositions are whimsical, pranksterish, lushly beautiful, heartbreakingly fragile, with every detail pushed forward by the disc's rock-style production values. With repeated listenings, "First Things First" has become, for me, something like a stroll through an exotic garden, with new species grabbing the eye with each go-round. -- San Jose Mercury News, Richard Scheinin, January 2010

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Mitnick on May 19, 2009
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I first heard Nadia as a commentator on a WNYC special project, I think on John Cage. She really knew her stuff. Then, I heard Nadia perform on the inaugural concert at WNYC's new Jerome L Greene Performance Space. What can I say, Kim Kashkashian, hold on to your hat. Nadia is an exceptionally gifted viola specialist. I bought this album as soon as it was out. I have listened to it several times and have not been disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By namae on June 5, 2009
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I would recommend buying this album right now. It is fun music, but is far from simple. The compositions are great, and Nadia and her various supporting musicians play with precision and wonder. Once again, buy this album now, it is fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Faber on October 14, 2011
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I'm no musician but I certainly love classical music, including much "modern" music as well. This is definitely quite modern. I bought this CD after heaing Etude 1A on the radio.

Track 1, a duet for Viola and Cello has some interesting interplay at times, but mostly just comes off as a lot of noodling for Viola. Way too lengthy.

Tracks 2 & 6 are almost identical. They have a beautiful melody at the beginning. The liner notes which are definitely lacking would have you think this was a piece for solo Viola, but there seems to be a keyboard instrument as well. Also, about 1/3 of the way into it an overly loud bass beat is inserted which pretty much ruins the compositions. I wouldn't know if it was intended to be so loud or is a recording error (doubtful), but you will find yourself having to adjust the volume down when the bass enters in. It's a shame because without the bass, this would be a fabulous example of how modern music has a lot to offer.

Track 3 seems to be a showcase for how you can make an unusual or bizarre sound out of a Viola. It is pretty boring and much of it comes across much too softly.

Track 4 is wonderful! It may be a bit long but it keeps my attention. It's almost like exercises for someone learning the Viola, but it slowly builds and becomes more complex throughout the piece. It is a great showcase piece for how beautiful a solo Viola can sound.

Track 5 is another disappointment as the piece is recorded very softly. There are some spoken words which are almost inaudible. Very boring.

Track 7 is a string sextet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas, and 2 Cellos. By the title you might guess it is slow moving and you would be right. A bit melancholy but enjoyable. It could fit in as an andante movement for a longer piece.
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I can't say that "First Things First" would fit into any category. Entertaining, smooth, fresh, lively, new, old, sublime. I've studied music (not for fun) but the education certainly helped me appreciate "First Things First."
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