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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary American music, 17 Jan 2014
This review is from: Augusta Read Thomas Selected Works for Orchestra (Audio CD)
Having read the comprehensive and informative CD booklet by Paul Pellay that comes with this collection of music composed by Augusta Read Thomas between 1995 and 2013, it makes me even more ashamed that I had not heard her works before. Women composers are so few and far between, I should have! Her works are not necessarily easy to get into, but the effort is so well worth it. I was 'hooked' by the first track, called 'Aureole'. It's simply beautiful. Every hearing makes it more accessible and good to listen to. It's a composition from 2013, conducted by Cliff Colnot.

This CD is the first in a series planned to present the music of this composer who is much respected in her native USA and, due to her collaboration with many conductors and composers world-wide, her fame is by no means confined to Chicago, where she is currently one of the "University" Professors at the University of Chicago. If you're interested in exploring contemporary music, this CD is a good place to start. You'll need to concentrate a bit, but then should music be treated as wallpaper? I've never thought so, but we're all different, luckily, in our tastes and in what we look for in music.
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