Augusta Read Thomas - Of Being is a Bird | Nimbus - Alliance NI6323

Augusta Read Thomas - Of Being is a Bird

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6323

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 8th April 2016

Contents

Artists

Claire Booth (soprano)
Aurora Orchestra
Parker Quartet
Third Coast Percussion
Spektral Quartet
Nathan Giem (violin)
Nathan Cole (violin)
Nicola Melville (piano)

Conductor

Nicholas Collon

Works

Thomas, Augusta Read

Caprice for solo violin
Capricious Toccata
Helix Spirals for string quartet
Love Twitters for solo piano
Of Being is a Bird (Emily Dickinson settings)
Rush for solo violin
Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals)

Artists

Claire Booth (soprano)
Aurora Orchestra
Parker Quartet
Third Coast Percussion
Spektral Quartet
Nathan Giem (violin)
Nathan Cole (violin)
Nicola Melville (piano)

Conductor

Nicholas Collon

About

This CD, the sixth instalment in this series documenting Augusta Read Thomas's work in all its protean variety, is dominated by some of her most recent music. Except for the last three brief works on this programme, which date from 2004-06, the music gathered here dates from 2014-15, effectively turning this CD into a kind of compositional diary for these years.

The New Yorker magazine called Thomas "a true virtuoso composer. Rising early to the top of her profession, a member of both The American Academy of Arts and Letters and Academy of Arts and Sciences, former Chairperson of the American Music Center, Thomas has become one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American Music. A Member of the Conseil Musical of the Foundation Prince Pierre of Monaco, she has won a Grammy and received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Her composition Astral Canticle was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Reviews

This enjoyable anthology of recent music by the American composer Augusta Read Thomas comes right up to date with Of Being is a Bird, recorded at its premiere in London last July. Its a setting for soprano and ensemble of two Dickinson poems about birds: it begins with airy, luminous sonorities, but an instrumental interlude gives it an infusion of energy that alst to the end. ... Claire Booth and Aurora capture the poetry and liveliness of the Dickinson settings, the Parker Quartet are impressively assured in Helix Spirals, and Third Coast Percussion and the Spektral Quartet interlock with exhilarating precision in SeleneAnthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine July 2016

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