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NI 6258

Augusta Read Thomas - Selected Works for Orchestra

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Chamber Orchestra


Fort Smith Symphony


Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW Ensemble


Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble


Pierre Boulez


Oliver Knussen


Cliff Colnot


Jack Delaney


Greg Heustis

- (horn)

Christine Brandes

- (soprano)

Baird Dodge

- (violin)

Engineer:

Christopher L. Willis



Record Label
Nimbus

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 79:50
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AUGUSTA READ THOMAS

  Selected Works For Orchestra  
   
1 

Aureole for Orchestra (2013)

7:47
 Cliff Colnot
 

 
 

Words of the Sea

 
2 I ... words of the sea ... 3:38
3 II ... the ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea ... 4:13
4 III ... beyond the genius of the sea ... 2:53
5 IV ... mountainous atmospheres of sky and sea - homage to Debussy 6:09
 Pierre Boulez
 

In My Sky at Twilight

 
   
  for soprano and ensemble (2002)  
6 I Deeper than all roses 10:07
7 II Lament 8:29
 Christine Brandes - (soprano)
 Pierre Boulez
8 

Carillon Sky

8:20
  for solo violin and chamber ensemble (2006)  
 Baird Dodge - (violin)
 Oliver Knussen
9 

Terpsichore's Dream

15:33
  for chamber orchestra (2007)  
 Cliff Colnot
10 

Silver Chants the Litanies

12:41
  for French horn & 18 players (2004)  
 Greg Heustis - (horn)
 Jack Delaney
  Total Time 79:51      
   


Among today’s composers, Thomas has remained consistent in blazing her own path. In this she has undoubtedly been aided by her cosmopolitan training, having studied with, among others, Alan Stout (Northwestern University, 1983-87), Oliver Knussen (Tanglewood, 1986, 1987, 1989) and Jacob Druckman (Yale University, 1988), as well as one final year in London at the Royal Academy of Music (1989). Her music has travelled worldwide over the years through the advocacy of figures such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Baremboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Oliver Knussen, Esa Pekka Salonen, William Boughton and Sir Andrew Davis among many others. But names, appointments and honours in themselves cannot give an indication of what Thomas’ music sounds like. And the music itself defies any easy verbalisation. Divining influences can give some indication as long as it is borne in mind that knowledge of said influences is no substitute for listening to the actual music. Thomas’ long-standing study of Jazz has imparted a sense of rhythm notable for its combination of drive and elasticity. Figures as diverse as Byrd, Bach, Chopin, Mahler, Debussy, Berg, Stravinsky, Berio, Knussen, George Benjamin, Ellington, Coltrane and Dutilleux certainly furnish clues as to how Thomas’ music has attained its formal fluidity, a lyricism high-flown and diaphanous by turns, a harmonic language that can move between tart, flavoursome dissonance and warm consonance with an enviable naturalness, and an orchestrational instinct of pyrotechnic virtuosity.

                  Editor’s Choice - Orchestral

"... The performances are as persausive as expected given the involvement of such as Pierre Boulez and Oliver Knussen, while the quality of sound and the extensive booklet-notes are added anhancements. One can only await Vol 2 of this series with impatience."

Richard Whitehouse - Gramophone magazine- April 2014


"... a good sense of the vividly imaginative instrumental palaette that Thomas has at her fingertips, and which established her as one of the most distinctive and rewarding US composers of her generation... Thomas’s confident handling of a chamber orchestra is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the pieces in ths collection..."  ****

Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 7 February 2014





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I'm a Chicago resident, and became familiar with the music of Augusta Read Thomas when she was Composer in Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A recent newspaper article mentioned this recording. I downloaded "Aureole" an "Terpsichore's Dream", as I already owned some of the others. Both pieces are good examples of modern music. They have interesting sonorities, a good sense of purpose and direction, and are well crafted. Good music for a listener who enjoys something a bit different.
C Sheahen