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The Waller & Maxwell Guitar Duo
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Praised for "their absolutely sublime touch" (La Sicilia), Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell have toured the United States and Europe for over 35 years as as energetic proponents of guitar duo playing. Their unique programming of works for both nineteenth- century and modern guitars provides rare insight into the evolution of this captivating art. Waller and Maxwell perform both historical transcriptions as well as their own arrangements.
Anne Waller directs the guitar program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Mark Maxwell is the Coordinator of Guitar Studies at the DePaul University School of Music.
Sophie Webber, cello
Escape
It's as if she were playing the music in an intimate setting, perhaps for someone special, in which every note has meaning rather as a look or a touch does; the resulting conversations she has with the music are endlessly absorbing as they are being seamlessly incorporated into the fabric and flow of each movement. Her subjective narrative suggests the freedom with which Pablo Casals brought the music back to life a century ago.
-Laurence Vittes, Gramophone magazine
Joey Brink, carollon
Letters from the Sky
Even though it's one of the heaviest musical instruments in the world, the Laura Spelman memorial carollon at Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago Campus is remarkably expressive and nuanced. This recording features a diversity of music composed specifically for this instrument.