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Tomorrow's Air
Contemporary Works for Orchestra & Large Ensemble


Composers: Various
Performed by: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and State Philharmonic Orchestra of Târgu Mureş
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 08 September 2017

Navona Records releases Tomorrow's Air, a collection of contemporary music for large ensemble, written by composers in a variety of styles and genres. It opens with Hilary Tann’s 'Anecdote' for solo cello and orchestra. Inspired by Wallace Stevens’s nature musings in his poem “Anecdote of the Jar,” the work casts the cello solo as a soliloquy, its message elaborated and transformed by wilder orchestral textures...

Hans Bakker’s 'Cantus' is an expressive work for string orchestra, while Daniel Perttu’s 'To Spring' was written in honour of his daughters, and was inspired by William Blake's poetic ode of the same name.

In the orchestral piece 'In Memoriam', Jan Järvlepp honours the memory of his late brother - conforming to no style or influence but that of his own intense grief.

Pierre Schroeder’s 'Late Harvest' is a a lush, emotional work for strings, clarinet, and piano that forms a part of his eleven-movement magnum opus Voyage.

Closing the album is Paul Osterfield’s 'Silver Fantasy', a vibrant celebration of the flute and piccolo with lyrical melodies.

Overall this is a lush and varied collection that is perfect for collectors of modern classical music.

Track listing:

01 - Anecdote (Hilary Tann)
State Philharmonic Orchestra of Târgu Mureş | Ovidiu Balan (conductor); Ovidiu Marinescu (cello)

02 - Cantus for String Orchestra (Hans Bakker)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Vít Micka (conductor)

03 - To Spring – An Overture (Daniel Perttu)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský (conductor)

04 - In Memoriam (Jan Järvlepp)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský (conductor)

05 - Late Harvest (Pierre Schroeder)
Sarita Uranovsky (violin soloist); Zoia Bologovsky, Colleen Brannen, Ethan Wood, Julia Okrusko (violin); Peter Sulski, Joanna Cyrus, Emily Rome viola Leo Eguchi, Dorothy Braker (cello); Charles Clements (double bass); Yhasmin Valenzuela (bass clarinet); Karolina Rojahn (piano); John Page (conductor)

06 - Silver Fantasy (Paul Osterfield)
Moravian Philharmonia Wind & Percussion Ensemble | Petr Vronský (conductor); Lindsey Goodman (flute & piccolo)


Darren Rea

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