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Augusta Read Thomas - The Auditions | Nimbus - Alliance NI6402

Augusta Read Thomas - The Auditions

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6402

Barcode: 0710357640223

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st May 2020

Contents

Artists

Jessica Aszodi (soprano)
Yuan-Qing Yu (violin)
Ni Mei (violin)
WeiJing Wang (viola)
Ken Olsen (cello)
Joey Brink (carillon)
Michael Solotke (carillon)
Daniel Pesca (piano)
Claire Booth (soprano)
Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)
Axiom Brass Quintet
ICE Ensemble
Third Coast Percussion

Conductors

Vimbayi Kaziboni
Cliff Colnot

Works

Thomas, Augusta Read

Avian Capriccio for brass quintet
Plea for Peace (vocalise for soprano and string quartet)
Ripple Effects for carillon 4-hands
Selene for percussion quartet and winds (arr. Cliff Colnot)
The Auditions (ballet for chamber orchestra)
Two Thoughts About the Piano for solo piano
Your Kiss for soprano and piano

Artists

Jessica Aszodi (soprano)
Yuan-Qing Yu (violin)
Ni Mei (violin)
WeiJing Wang (viola)
Ken Olsen (cello)
Joey Brink (carillon)
Michael Solotke (carillon)
Daniel Pesca (piano)
Claire Booth (soprano)
Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)
Axiom Brass Quintet
ICE Ensemble
Third Coast Percussion

Conductors

Vimbayi Kaziboni
Cliff Colnot

About

Volume 8 in this series documenting Augusta Read Thomas’s music, three major scores (Avian Capriccio, The Auditions and Selene) dominate, with four shorter works filling out this 80-minute sonic portrait of an inexhaustibly inventive and individual composer.

The brass quintet Avian Capriccio is typically free-wheeling in its evocation of three contrasting types of birds: hummingbirds, swans and canaries.

Scored for wordless soprano and string quartet, Plea for Peace acts as a single, seamless block beginning in near-immobility, with the voice animating the instruments as the music embarks on its slow, implacable progress.

Even in a catalogue as multifarious as Thomas’s, the carillon piece Ripple Effects stands out as a one-off. Commissioned by Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago and devised in a number of versions, sculpted for carillons of three sizes, requiring varying numbers of players.

The ballet score The Auditions was written for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and with it, Thomas joins a distinguished company of composers who wrote scores for this seminal figure in modern dance (Copland, Menotti, Barber, Schuman and Hindemith amongst many others). It is structured in seven sections, with the auditions of the title being the even-numbered, action-packed sections (all titled ‘The Room’), and the odd-numbered ones (all titled ‘The Landscape’) acting as slower, more otherworldly frames.

That Two Thoughts About the Piano’s title should be identical to a work by Elliott Carter is no accident, as Thomas’s work is a response to the older composer's piece without actually quoting or even emulating Carter’s music.

We’ve already encountered Selene in a previous volume of this ongoing survey of Thomas’s music, but it appears here in a wholly new dress. The original was for string and percussion quartets, but here the strings are replaced by a woodwind nonet in an arrangement by Cliff Colnot, thus preserving the original's harmonic richness.

Bringing this collection to a close, Your Kiss sets a love poem by e.e. cummings for soprano and piano.

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