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A Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas (b.1964): Hemke Concerto "Prisms of Light"; Absolue Ocean; Songs, et al. / Fred Hemke, saxophone; Tony Aronold, soprano

Album Summary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : e.e. cummings Songs (2), for girls' chorus
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Prisms of Light, concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra ("Hemke Concerto")
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Prayer and Celebration, for chamber orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Absolute Ocean, for soprano, harp & orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Silent Moon, for violin & cello
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Of Paradise and Light, for string orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Spells, for chorus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bold, passionate, urgent - Augusta Read Thomas writes music that is wholly and completely alive. The first two volumes of this recording series focused on orchestral and chamber/piano music, collecting performances by various ensembles. This third volume is something a bit different: a recording of a live 50th birthday concert presented by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton. One of the two large-scale works on the recording is also one of Thomas's most recent (and was premiered on the concert), the dramatic Hemke Concerto "Prisms of Light" (2014). This concerto was commissioned as a retirement gift for legendary saxophonist and pedagogue Frederick L. Hemke by many of his students, past and present. The other large-scale composition is Absolute Ocean (2008), a song-cycle for soprano and orchestra with a significant obbligato harp part.



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>Thomas, Augusta Read : e.e. cummings Songs (2), for girls' chorus
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Ensemble: New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Prisms of Light, concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra ("Hemke Concerto")
  • Performer: Frederick Hemke (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2014
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Prayer and Celebration, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Absolute Ocean, for soprano, harp & orchestra
  • Performers: Tony Arnold; Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 20 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Silent Moon, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Katie Hyun (Violin); Mihai Marica (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Of Paradise and Light, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2010

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Spells, for chorus
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013