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Augusta Read Thomas (b.1964): Aureole; Carillon Sky; Words of the Sea; Terpsichore's Dream; In My Sky at Twilight Boulez, Chicago SO et al.

Album Summary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Aureole, for orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Words of the Sea, for orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : In My Sky at Twilight, for soprano & ensemble
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Carillon Sky, for violin & chamber orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Terpsichore's Dream, for chamber orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Silver Chants the Litanies, for horn & 18 instruments
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Among today's composers, Augusta Read Thomas has remained consistent in blazing her own path. In this she has undoubtedly been aided by her cosmopolitan training, having studied with, among others, Alan Stout (Northwestern University), Oliver Knussen (Tanglewood), and Jacob Druckman (Yale University), as well as one final year in London at the Royal Academy of Music. But names, appointments, and honors in themselves cannot give an indication of what Thomas' music sounds like; her long-standing study of jazz has imparted a sense of rhythm notable for its combination of drive and elasticity. Figures as diverse as Byrd, Bach, Chopin, Ellington, Coltrane, and Dutilleux certainly furnish clues as to how Thomas' music has attained its formal fluidity, a lyricism high-flown and diaphanous by turns, with a harmonic language that can move between tart, flavorsome dissonance and warm consonance with an enviable naturalness.

The Guardian, 6th February 2014
Thomas's confident handling of a chamber orchestra is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the pieces in this collection...Terpsichore's Dream for chamber orchestra from 2007 is a parade of glittering musical images that steadily gains energy; it would make a great work-out for any ensemble.



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Works Details

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Aureole, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Cliff Colnot
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2013

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Words of the Sea, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: MusicNOW Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : In My Sky at Twilight, for soprano & ensemble
  • Performer: Christine Brandes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Music Now Ensemble
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Carillon Sky, for violin & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Baird Dodge (Violin)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2006

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Terpsichore's Dream, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Cliff Colnot
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Silver Chants the Litanies, for horn & 18 instruments
  • Performer: Greg Heustis (Horn)
  • Conductor: Jack Delaney
  • Ensemble: Meadows Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2004