Orchestra Music of John Oliver: Forging Utopia / Judith Forst, mezzo soprano

> Forging Utopia - Forging Utopia
> Unseen rain - I. Turning
> Unseen rain - II. The Altar
> Unseen rain - III. Friends
> Unseen rain - IV. The Mirror
> Unseen rain - V. Fire
> Unseen rain - VI. Candle
> Unseen rain - VII. The Door
> Unseen rain - VIII. Stories
> Face in the Abstract - Face in the Abstract
> Raven Steals the Light - Raven Steals the Light

Album Summary

>Oliver, John : Forging Utopia, for orchestra
>Oliver, John : Unseen Rain, for voice & orchestra
>Oliver, John : Face in the Abstract, for orchestra
>Oliver, John : Raven Steals the Light, for orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Oliver came to international attention during 1988-89 when he won 6 prizes for five compositions ranging from chamber to orchestral to electro acoustic music. This album features a collection of his orchestra music composed between 1995 and 2006. Oliver believes that music should resonate with the listener's intellect, emotions, and kinetic impulses.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The big piece is last. Raven Steals the Light offers 23 minutes of harmonic richness, often strong, sometimes mild. Ingenious and fascinating sound effects are created without extended playing techniques. The action never quits and continuously unfolds. Kudos to Jacques Lacombe and the CBC Radio Orchestra.



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Works Details

>Oliver, John : Forging Utopia, for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Ensemble: National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Oliver, John : Unseen Rain, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Judith Forst (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mario Bernardi
  • Ensemble: CBC Vancouver Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Oliver, John : Face in the Abstract, for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Russell
  • Ensemble: CBC Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Oliver, John : Raven Steals the Light, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
  • Running Time: 22 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary