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Lee Actor (b.1952): Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 3; Divertimento / Daniel Glover, piano; Slovak Nat'l SO, Trevor

Album Summary

>Actor, Lee : Divertimento for small orchestra
>Actor, Lee : Piano Concerto
>Actor, Lee : Symphony no 3
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Maestro Kirk Trevor praises composer Lee Actor as "one of the refreshing new classical voices ... who can still use a traditional language with a freshness that makes the music alive and interesting." On his latest Navona Records release, 'Piano Concerto', Actor presents three orchestral works performed by Mr. Trevor and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The exciting and intense Symphony No. 3 is a work in five movements for full orchestra. The single-movement piece Divertimento for Small Orchestra re-imagines the lighthearted 18th c. form into a modern style.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Lee Actor's program of orchestral music revolves around his piano concerto. All three are very tonal, and straightforward. The music sounds like a cross between neo-classical orchestral music and a video game soundtrack. Indeed, Actor has had a career in the video game industry, undoubtedly shaping his musical sensibilities. Instrumental groupings and orchestrational schemes follow the example of the classical tradition, making them safe but predictable. This music is not bad at all. It has obviously been written with care, craft, and feeling. In a different context, I may be more willing to play along.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava (05/08/2014-05/10/2014).



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Works Details

>Actor, Lee : Divertimento for small orchestra
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Ensemble: Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava (05/08/2014-05/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Actor, Lee : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Daniel Glover (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Notes: Concert hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava (05/08/2014-05/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Actor, Lee : Symphony no 3
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Notes: Concert hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava (05/08/2014-05/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral