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Conversations In Silence

Conversations in Silence


String Orchestra. Recorded by Nashville Chamber Orchestra for Warner Bros. Records, 1997 (title track).


“Written in four contrasting movements, “Conversations in Silence” owes something in structure to the classical period sinfonia concertante with the concertante parts being taken by the NCO quartet quartet that featured the composer. This is an outgoing piece with a strong folkie/modal sound to the harmonies and Bartokian drive. I could go into particulars about the music, but I’ll tantalize you with the prospect of a very pleasurable listening. Special praise should go to Ellisor for her funny schmaltzy episodes, her bolero-esque star turns for the cello, and the good-humored gypsy café-style playing during one of the interludes in the scherzo.”

Marcel Smith, The Nashville Scene

“Conversations in Silence” is a tonal essay, steeped in the classical tradition, yet distinctly ‘Nashville’ in its rhythms and bluesy in its harmonies. Its popular and critical success whetted the audience’s appetite for more of the same.”

The Tennessean