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Augusta Read Thomas: Music for Strings / Featuring Young Musicians: Stefan Hersh, violin; Juilliard Student Orchestra; Xian Zhang et al.

Album Summary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Incantation, for solo violin
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Passion Prayers, for cello & 6 instruments
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Spirit musings, for violin & orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Jubilee, for piano & orchestra
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Cantos for Slava, version for viola & piano
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Rumi Settings, for violin & cello
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Dancing Galaxy, for band
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first two volumes of this Augusta Read Thomas recording series focused on orchestral and chamber/ piano music respectively, and the third volume was a recording of a live 50th birthday concert presented by the New Haven Symphony. This fourth volume has yet a different focus: music primarily featuring strings and almost exclusively performed by young musicians. Thomas wrote: "If one were to shut one's eyes while listening to this CD, one should imagine a stage full of passionate young musicians. Two of these performances are even taken from live, unedited concert recordings (Juilliard and Tanglewood). Thus this disc as a whole celebrates the skill and dedication of youthful musicians who play with utter commitment and flair."



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Works Details

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Incantation, for solo violin
  • Performers: Stefan Hersh (Violin); Stefan Hersh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jan Krzywicki
  • Ensemble: Network for New Music
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Passion Prayers, for cello & 6 instruments
  • Performers: Scott Kluksdahl (Cello); Scott Kluksdahl (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jan Krzywicki
  • Ensemble: Network for New Music
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Spirit musings, for violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Marc Rovetti (Violin); Marc Rovetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Laura Jackson
  • Ensemble: Southern Methodist University Student Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Jubilee, for piano & orchestra
  • Conductor: Xian Zhang
  • Ensemble: Juilliard School Student Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Cantos for Slava, version for viola & piano
  • Performers: Leah Gastler (Viola); Leah Gastler (Viola); Christopher McKiggan (Piano); Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Rumi Settings, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Julian Hersh (Cello); Julian Hersh (Cello); Stefan Hersh (Violin); Stefan Hersh (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Dancing Galaxy, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Delaney
  • Ensemble: Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2004