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Newton D. Strandberg: Essay for String Orch.; Amenhotep III; String Trio; Acts for Orch. / Tamsin Dalley, mezzo-soprano

Album Summary

>Strandberg, Newton : Essay, for string orchestra
>Strandberg, Newton : Amenhotep III, for orchestra
>Strandberg, Newton : String Trio
>Strandberg, Newton : Acts, for orchestra
>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
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Notes & Reviews:

Featuring performances by orchestras and ensembles from around the globe, the 4 pieces on this recording serve as an astute collection of Standberg's output as a composer. More than a musical release alone, ESSAYS AND SKETCHES serves as a retrospective of Strandberg's prolific career, housing a collection of writings, visual art, scores, and more, all compiled by peers, students, and admirers.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
With the exception of Acts, for mezzo and orchestra (whose date I can't decipher from the scan of the manuscript included on the CD), these works date from earlier in Strandberg's career: Amenhotep III (1971), Essay for String Orchestra (1966), and the String Trio (1975). The Essay, an elegy for his nephew who died tragically young, is the strongest, most expressive work on the release. But the others are all of the highest quality. I also particularly like the spikily dissonant string trio (which is also the best-sounding of the four recordings). The disc includes longer essays on three of the works, sketches by Strandberg, and scores for all four.



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Works Details

>Strandberg, Newton : Essay, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: George Manahan
  • Ensemble: New York Chamber Symphony
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Strandberg, Newton : Amenhotep III, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimír Válek
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Notes: 02/23/1999-02/26/1999
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Strandberg, Newton : String Trio
  • Conductor: Roger Briggs
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Strandberg, Newton : Acts, for orchestra
  • Performer: Tasmin Dalley
  • Conductor: Roger Briggs
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern