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Affairs of the Heart: Music of Marjan Mozetich (b.1948) / Juliette Kang, violin; Julia Shaw, harp; Nora Bumanis. CBC Vancouver Orch., Bernardi

Album Summary

>Mozetich, Marjan : Affairs of the Heart, concerto for violin and string orchestra
>Mozetich, Marjan : Postcards From The Sky, for string orchestra
>Mozetich, Marjan : Passion of Angels
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This iconic CD was originally released in 2000 by CBC Records. Having been out of stock for years, Centerdiscs is thrilled to partner with CBC Music to finally re-press this much sought after album. "One of the most important composers of our time" (Kingston Whig-Standard). Marjan Mozetich's compellingly beautiful music has found favour with outstanding artists, critics and audiences around the world. "His music generates the kind of joyousness you feel when you hear the young Mozart." (Toronto Star). His aim is to write music that expresses beauty, sensuousness and emotion -- things that give him and his audiences pleasure. When CBC Radio broadcasted the concert performance of Mozetich's 1997 violin concerto, Affairs of the Heart, the Corporation's switchboards lit up from coast to coast. There were numerous reports of what those who work in radio sometimes call "the driveway experience": where listeners are so captivated by what they're hearing, they remain in their cars, listening to the end, even though they've long since arrived home. The music of the concerto gives voice to emotions that are impossible to articulate in any other language: the inexplicable affairs of the heart. The Passion of Angels (1995) is one of a rare breed of orchestral works featuring two solo harps, and it is the first such work by a Canadian composer. The work explores three related but distinct degrees of passion: longing, desire, and ecstasy. The opening horn solo with accompanying harps announces the essential thematic material upon which the entire piece is based. Throughout the work the harps act as a catalyst for the orchestra to embark on a voyage of feeling. Postcards from the Sky is the collective title of an ongoing series of short pieces for string orchestra. As the title suggests, these works are relatively short, evocative thoughts on the heavens at large, either literal or metaphorical. The first three 'Postcards', were commissioned with the assistance of the Canada Council, and premiered by the Thirteen Strings of Ottawa conducted by Paul Andreas Mahr in April of 1996.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chan Centre, Vancouver BC Canada (06/20/1999-06/22/1999).



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>Mozetich, Marjan : Affairs of the Heart, concerto for violin and string orchestra
  • Performer: Juliette Kang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mario Bernardi
  • Ensemble: CBC Vancouver Orchestra
  • Notes: Chan Centre, Vancouver BC Canada (06/20/1999-06/22/1999)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 08/01/1997

>Mozetich, Marjan : Postcards From The Sky, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Mario Bernardi
  • Notes: Chan Centre, Vancouver BC Canada (06/20/1999-06/22/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mozetich, Marjan : Passion of Angels :: Concerto for Two Harps and Orchestra. A Messenger
  • Performers: Diane Berthelsdorf (Cello); Nora Bumanis (Harp); Roger Cole (Oboe); Marc Destrube (Violin); Christopher Millard (Bassoon); Julia Shaw (Harp)
  • Conductor: Mario Bernardi
  • Notes: Chan Centre, Vancouver BC Canada (06/20/1999-06/22/1999)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto