World premiere recording of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 9.
The much anticipated world premiere recording of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 9 is a large collection of instrumental songs. There are many influences and underlying elements at work including time (memory, passing of time); water (cleansing and life-giving power); nature (river, ocean); and grace (compassion, forgiveness, rest). Each movement embodies one or more chorale melodies or other songs, such as Shall We Gather at the River and O Sacred Head Now Wounded. Born in Massachusetts in 1943, David Maslanka attended Oberlin, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Michigan State University. His works for wind ensemble have become especially well known and popular with both performers and audiences. Symphony No. 9, indeed a masterpiece, will be universally welcomed.
"... Kudos to theISu musicians for stamina, concentration, intonation, and control."
Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide - January/February 2013