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Selected Orchestral Works,
This review is from: Augusta Read Thomas Selected Works for Orchestra (Audio CD)
This collection of works spans a period of some 18 years. The booklet informs you when in this period a given piece was composed and so appreciate compositional development. The composer's web site indicates the high level of interest she has gained from many eminent musicians. There are some big names here with Pierre Boulez and Oliver Knussen, both well respected composers and orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
There are some fascinating sounds here. The most recent composition, Aureole is shimmering in nature. I enjoyed "Words of the Sea" a four movement work and within that found "the ever-hooded, tragic gesture of the sea" and "mountainous atmospheres of the sky and sea - homage to Debussy" extremely atmospheric with a feeling of the isolation of the sea. You can appreciate the Mahlerian influences in "Silver Chants the Litanies" for French horn and 18 players. Wonderful horn playing.
The pieces are sufficiently varied to maintain interest. An excellent recording, informative notes and is a few seconds under 80 minutes.
Certainly this composer deserves to be better known on this side of the Atlantic.
It looks like a second CD will be released in Spring 2014 of chamber and piano works.