The five varied compositions presented on this album provide a concise portrait of Brian Fennelly’s compositional practice. They are arranged to begin with string orchestra, move through combinations with soloists, and end with wind orchestra. Brian Fennelly (b.1937) studied at Yale where he was the first student to earn a degree in the newly created Ph.D. program in music theory. From then until 1997 he was Professor of Music at New York University. His numerous awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations and composer residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Center and a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments as well as choral, solo song and electronic titles.
"... Excellent performance by these very fine ollege musicians."
Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide - January/February 2013
“...This disc is a good choice for anyone who wants to start collecting contemporary music ... excellent and most fascinating ...”