Bacewicz, Casulana, Strozzi et al.: Ready or Not / Palaver Strings

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Palaver Strings’ debut album Ready or Not celebrates the work of female composers from the Renaissance to the present day. In selecting the pieces for this album, the ensemble looked both within and beyond the classical tradition and string orchestra medium for diverse voices, compelling stories, and music that speaks to the rich palette of human emotions. These selections represent just the tip of the iceberg: women’s creative visions have always been here, whether the concert hall was ready or not.

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Our mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In our musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Equally committed to performance and education, Palaver presents a full season of live performances and serves over 325 students each year through the Palaver Music Center in Portland.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 15, 2022

  • Catalog Number: ACD-71342

  • UPC: 787867134221

  • Label: Azica Records

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Palaver Strings


  1. Concerto for String Orchestra

    Composer: Grażyna Bacewicz

    Ensemble: Palaver Strings

  2. Morir non può il mio cuore (arr. Jesse MacDonald for string ensemble)

    Composer: Maddalena Casulana

    Ensemble: Palaver Strings

  3. Lagrime mie (arr. A.J. Simon for voice and chamber ensemble)

    Composer: Barbara Strozzi

    Ensemble: Palaver Strings

    Performer: Sophie Michaux

  4. Fear the Lamb

    Composer: Akenya Seymour

    Ensemble: Palaver Strings

  5. Treehouse/Jig for John #2/Fore Street

    Composer: Liz Knowles & Elizabeth Moore

    Ensemble: Palaver Strings