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Augusta Read Thomas Selected Works for Orchestra

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  • Performer: Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Cliff Colnot, Jack Delaney
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Cliff Colnot, Jack Delaney
  • Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Alliance
  • ASIN: B00H7D383E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,943 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Augusta Read Thomas, Aureole for orchestra - DePaul University Symphony
  2. Augusta Read Thomas, Words of the Sea for orchestra
  3. Augusta Read Thomas, In My Sky at Twilight
  4. Augusta Read Thomas, Carillon Sky
  5. Augusta Read Thomas, Terpsichore's Dream
  6. Augusta Read Thomas, Silver Chants the Litanies - Various Performers

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Among today's composers, Thomas has remained consistent in blazing her own path. In this she has undoubtedly been aided by her cosmopolitan training, having studied with, among others, Alan Stout (Northwestern University, 1983-87), Oliver Knussen (Tanglewood, 1986, 1987, 1989) and Jacob Druckman (Yale University, 1988), as well as one final year in London at the Royal Academy of Music (1989). Her music has travelled worldwide over the years through the advocacy of figures such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Baremboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Oliver Knussen, Esa Pekka Salonen, William Boughton and Sir Andrew Davis among many others. But names, appointments and honours in themselves cannot give an indication of what Thomas' music sounds like. And the music itself defies any easy verbalisation. Divining influences can give some indication as long as it is borne in mind that knowledge of said influences is no substitute for listening to the actual music. Thomas' long-standing study of Jazz has imparted a sense of rhythm notable for its combination of drive and elasticity. Figures as diverse as Byrd, Bach, Chopin, Mahler, Debussy, Berg, Stravinsky, Berio, Knussen, George Benjamin, Ellington, Coltrane and Dutilleux certainly furnish clues as to how Thomas' music has attained its formal fluidity, a lyricism high-flown and diaphanous by turns, a harmonic language that can move between tart, flavoursome dissonance and warm consonance with an enviable naturalness, and an orchestrational instinct of pyrotechnic virtuosity.

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For nine years from 1997, Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, and three of the pieces on this disc were composed either for that great orchestra or its sibling new-music ensemble, MusicNow. Together with the other pieces here they give a good sense of the vividly imaginative instrumental palette that Thomas has at her fingertips, and which established her as one of the most distinctive and rewarding US composers of her generation. --Andrew Clements, The Guardian, February 2014

'Despite the steady number of works that have appeared on various labels, Augusta Read Thomas has not had the coverage her large and diverse output warrents, so this first of two disc from Nimbus could not be more welcome...The performances are as persuasive as expected given the involvement of such as Pierre Boulez and Oliver Knussen, while the quality of sound and the extensive booklet-notes are added enhancements. One can only await Vol 2 of this series with impatience.' --Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, April 2014 Editors Choice


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