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Burrell: Orchestral Works

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  • Performer: Jane Atkins
  • Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
  • Conductor: John Lubbock
  • Composer: Diana Burrell
  • Audio CD (23 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ASV
  • ASIN: B0000030WX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Viola Concerto
  2. Das meer, das so gross und weit ist, da wimmelt's ohne zahl, grosse und kleine tiere for string orchestra
  3. Landscape for orchestra
  4. Resurrection for orchestra

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I first bought this CD because I had heard the name of Diana Burrell mention a few times as an interesting British composer. As I sat down to hear the CD, I was Immediately struck from the first note by this music. Here was a bold composer, who had trully found a rich and personal voice that you could call the "Burrell Voice". Each piece is bold and brillant in it structure and sound. The Viola concerto, shows the viola in the best light possible, by bringing out it rich tones and singing quality and the orchestraion supports the viola beautifully.
Das Meer is a bold composition for strings. In the piece, Burrell congures all the different ways the sea behaves, from being calm to being rough and stormy in her own confident way. Landcape opens with a brillant bang supported by dissending pizzicato string which sound like rain. In her own inimitable way she grabs you and make you not want to stop listing. She has alove of bold a new colour and it is no more evident that in Landcape. In a passage in the score she uses the colour of a recorder and toward the end uses steel drum to beautiful effect. She understand how to create strange texture, but also whent o introduce them. Ressurection is bold and daring piece for chamber orchestra and conjures the ressurection brillantly. The texture may be bold, rough and clanging, but they are always bright like white light, which is just like the ressurection is described in the Bible.
All in all, this Cd is stunning and shows that Diana Burrell is on eof the best voices of her generation and that anybody interested in contemporary music should her at once. As one review say of the CD "it should be available on the NHS (National Health Service)".
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When so much of contemporary music is either harsh, abrasive, twisted, tortuously intricate, turgid or just generally lost and written for other composers rather than an audience, Diana Burrell conveys a vision that combines all the best of innovation while representing a clear evolution from what has come before. For me, she is on an clear evolutionary path from the worlds created by Britten and Tippett. She manages, as they did, to invent whole new forms of beauty and to coax colours and voicings from the traditional orchestra that have not been heard before.

I'm still getting to know the other pieces on the disc but the viola concerto has proved to be positively catchy, as I find myself humming the strange yet beautiful themes from it while I am gardening. There is a moment in this piece where everything just stops and then an amazing chord bursts from the silence that would be impossible to name in terms of traditional tonality, but that feels like the whole of springtime bursting forth in chaotic beauty. Those who have affection for Tippett, middle or late period as represented say by the Triple Concerto or The Rose Lake will have no problem accessing this marvellous music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My current favourite play 7 Oct. 2008
By John Ferngrove - Published on Amazon.com
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Again, want to offset the negative reviewer below/above. Dropped in from the UK to do so. There is so much in here, on all four pieces, and is brimming with amazing intelligence and imagination. But this is not the place to start an acquaintence with 'classical' music or even 'contemporary orchestral' music. You will need very humble, fresh new ears to get anything out of this. The whole point of this kind of music is to try not to sound like anyone else whilst still retaining enough of a connection with recent tradition as to not sound completely alien. For me this very clever lady is on a clear line of evolutionary descent from Tippett and Britten. If you can connect with those guys then there's every chance you'll love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Beautiful Recording of Some of Burrell's Best Work 22 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just wanted to offset the reviewer below. I guess it wasn't their cup of tea. I wish I had more time to elaborate, but I just love this recording! Absolutely beautiful!
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2.0 out of 5 stars getting into classical music in NJ 29 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't buy this CD. I only listened to the clips. I really hate this taut, pensive, cerebral stuff with violent peaks. I hate sitting at home listening to this because it it sounds like music for a cat waiting to pounce a mouse. This is the drek that makes getting into classical music a liability. I already have a dozen of these. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
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