Valerie Hartzell's CD Ex Tenebris...Lux was released early August, 2011. The CD was recorded by Todd Hulslander at the Houston's classical station 91.7FM the NPR studios, published on the label Soundset Recordings, and the art work was created by Jennifer Grassman.
"Hartzell is adept at capturing the changing feelings of the piece [Ex Tenebris] as well as the technical challenges."
Fanfare Magazine, March/April 2012
"Beautiful playing!! The well-known pieces are all given a thoughtful and insightful interpretation (I especially liked the Ponce) and the lesser known works are a very welcome addition - especially Olga [Amelkina-Vera]'s piece."
Award Winning Composer & Guitarist Michael Nicolella says of “Ex Tenebris Lux”
"I am honored to have been commissioned to write a piece for Valerie Hartzell's new album. Her recording of Ex Tenebris is true to the concept and intent of the piece, yet she also brings her own unique perspective and meaning to the interpretation. Her refined technique and nuanced execution make the composition come to life."
- Olga Amelkina-Vera, Composer of Ex Tenebris
To purchase a copy of the score, Drift by Andy Mitchell, go to http://www.andymitchellguitar.com/
"Valerie plays Drift with a gentle, sensitive dynamic contour and achieves great separation when defining the different voices. Her color variation and expressive phrasing really help to emphasize the pensive character I intended when writing Drift."
- Andy Mitchell, Composer of Drift