The cello is capable of uniquely dolorous tones, but "Claws and Wings" eschewed easy tropes, opting for a sound expressing many feelings apart from sadness. The cello work, both plucked and bowed, tended towards simple statements with repeating motifs, most of them in the Western classical tradition. Courvoisier's piano work took a similar approach, although her aggression level was higher, mixing loud atonal clusters with delicate passages recalling early Messiaen. Mori's laptop work was subtle and outdoorsy in a strange way. Before the show, she told me she thought I'd find the work "very beautiful," and indeed I did.
I am uncomfortable assigning a numerical grade to a work this personal. But check out the CD. It's great.