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Johan de Meij: The Symphonies Nos. 1-3 / Peabody Conservatory Winds

> Symphony No. 3, "Planet Earth" (version for chorus and wind ensemble) - I. Lonely Planet
> Symphony No. 3, "Planet Earth" (version for chorus and wind ensemble) - II. Planet Earth
> Symphony No. 3, "Planet Earth" (version for chorus and wind ensemble) - III. Mother Earth
> Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings" - IV. Journey in the Dark: a. The Mines of Moria - b. The Bridge of Khazad-Dum
> Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings" - V. Hobbits
> Symphony No. 2, "The Big Apple" - I. Skyline -
> Symphony No. 2, "The Big Apple" - Interlude: Times Square Cadenza -
> Symphony No. 2, "The Big Apple" - II. Gotham

Album Summary

>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 1 "The Lord of the Rings"
>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 2 ("The Big Apple"), a New York symphony
>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 3 "Planet Earth"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Award-winning conductor and composer Johan de Meij's First Symphony 'The Lord of the Rings' is a spectacular evocation in five portraits and scenes based on Tolkien's tale of a grand quest and the struggle of good against evil. The Second Symphony is an ode to the symmetry of New York's streets and its massive architecture, as well as a tribute to the American styles of Copland and Bernstein, while the cinematic effects of the Third Symphony form an epic paean to the entire earth in all its miraculous beauty.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The three-movement, 48-minute Symphony 3 (Planet Earth, 2006) opens with three minutes of electronics that reminds us of (among other things) the women's chorus in Holst's 'Neptune'. Much of I ('Lonely Planet') is delightful. II ('Planet Earth') is heroic, and III ('Mother Earth') strives for cosmic timelessness - partly through the use of electronics. A large part of III recalls Holst's 'Jupiter'. The readings are generally strong.



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Works Details

>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 1 "The Lord of the Rings"
  • Conductor: Harlan Parker
  • Ensemble: Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA (2009-12-10&2010-03-04&2010-)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1989

>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 2 ("The Big Apple"), a New York symphony
  • Conductor: Harlan Parker
  • Ensemble: Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Griswold Hall, The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA (04/09/1998-04/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1993

>Meij, Johan De : Symphony no 3 "Planet Earth"
  • Conductor: Harlan Parker
  • Ensemble: Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA (04/06/2011-04/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006