Notes & Reviews:
Atacama Symphony No. 3 is a new work by Montreal-born composer Tim Brady The composer's initial inspiration for the piece was a book of poems by Chilean-born poet Elías Letelier - a text that evokes "the political terror of the Pinochet era in Chile, but uses striking metaphors of hope and love in the midst of the nightmare of torture and disappearances".
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Guitarist-composer Tim Brady's third symphony is named after the Chilean desert Atacama, one of the driest in the world. It is scored for a chamber orchestra that includes a drum set, marimba, saxophones, and Brady himself on electric guitar; and the timbral atmosphere he creates is surprising and vibrant. The choir blends right in and opens the work a cappella with texts by the Chilean poet Elias Letelier. The range of musical textures is wide, all drawing on Chilean influences: from festive grooves to homophonic singing to the glacial V that gives the symphony its name. A post-apocalyptic final movement full of wild, machine-like electric guitar sounds. It is nevertheless a striking piece - inventive and inspired.
Recording information: Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréa (06/2012).
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Works DetailsBrady, Tim : Symphony no 3, for chorus & 11 instruments ("Atacama")
- Performer: Tim Brady
- Conductor: Peter Schubert
- Ensemble: Bradyworks
- Running Time: 49 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 2007-2012