Four major orchestral works by noted composer Bernard Hoffer are performed by the RTÃ‰ National Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1934, composer Bernard Hoffer attended the Eastman School of Music. After serving as arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band, he came to New York as a freelance musician/pianist, composer, conductor and arranger. He has written extensively for films, television and commercials for which he has won several Emmy nominations, including the music for the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. One of the major works on this recording (MacNeil/Lehrer Variations) is based on the theme he wrote for the News Hour in 1975. The two elegies on the recording are Hoffer’s musical reaction to friends and loved ones deaths. The Symphony was influenced and inspired by an exhibit of the New York abstract expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart’s work.
"...a terrific program. Excellent readings by the RTE Symphony of Dublin Ireland."
Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide - November/December 2012