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