Augusta Read Thomas - Orchestral Works | Nimbus - Alliance NI6258

Augusta Read Thomas - Orchestral Works

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6258

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 6th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Christine Brandes (soprano)
Baird Dodge (violin)
Greg Heustis (horn)
DePaul University Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNow Ensemble
Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble

Conductors

Cliff Colnot
Pierre Boulez
Oliver Knussen
Jack Delaney

Works

Thomas, Augusta Read

Aureole
Carillon Sky
In my sky at twilight
Silver Chants the Litanies
Terpsichore's Dream
Words of the Sea

Artists

Christine Brandes (soprano)
Baird Dodge (violin)
Greg Heustis (horn)
DePaul University Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNow Ensemble
Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble

Conductors

Cliff Colnot
Pierre Boulez
Oliver Knussen
Jack Delaney

About

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 Barenboim, 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.

Contents:
1. Aureole, for orchestra (2013)
DePaul University Symphony / Cliff Colnot

2-5. Words of the Sea, for orchestra (1995)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Pierre Boulez
(Live concert performance)

6-7. In my Sky at Twilight, for soprano and ensemble (2002)
Christine Brandes (soprano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW Ensemble / Pierre Boulez

8. Carillon Sky, for solo violin and chamber ensemble (2006)
Baird Dodge (violin)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW Ensemble / Oliver Knussen

9. Terpsichore’s Dream, for chamber orchestra (2007)
Chamber Orchestra / Cliff Colnot

10. Silver Chants the Litanies, for French horn & 18 players (2004)
Greg Heustis (horn)
Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble / Jack Delaney

Total playing time: 79.50

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