Chamber Music
Visit the CDs page to browse CD recordings of Karen's chamber and orchestral music.

"Amrhein is tonally oriented, lyrical, and composes with an insightful sense of instrumental possibility. She is also a fine contrapuntalist who is equally adept at thinking both vertically and horizontally. Her lines are enlivened by quirky rhythms, and the harmonies that their convergences generate at key points are never less than pleasingly surprising.

"The five sonatas for solo instruments and piano were composed in 1995 and 1996 and embody all of the above virtues using the most instrumentally intimate of means. Despite their obvious aural differences, they are all cut from the same harmonic and rhythmic cloth. But who can complain when the cloth is so attractive?" - William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine

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