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Orchestral Works by Stacy Garrop: Mythology Symphony; Thunderwalker; Shadow / CCPA SO & CO, de la Parra; Thakar

Album Summary

>Garrop, Stacy : Mythology Symphony
>Garrop, Stacy : Thunderwalker, for orchestra
>Garrop, Stacy : Shadow, for orchestra
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Chicago based American composer and associate professor of composition at Roosevelt University, Stacy Garrop's first album of orchestral music is a collection of world-premiere recordings. Mythology Symphony, a five-movement work inspired by famous female figures from Greek mythology wtih a compelling performance by conductor Alonda de la Parra leading teh Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Symphony Orchestra of Roosevelt University. Thunderwalker and Shadow, described as "a moving interplay of counterpoint, shifting textures, and profound emotion" is conductored by Peabody Conservatory-based Markand Thakar. The prolific Garrop has elicited positive critical praise with Gramophone magazine spotlighting her as a composer whose work displays "vision and breadth." In 2015, her oratorio Terra Nostra will receive its world premiere in San Francisco and her compositions ranging from choral to chamber, lieder to now orchestral have been performed by illustrious ensembles such as Avalon Stirng Quartet, Capital Quartet and the esteemed choir Chanticleer.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Stacy Garrop's record is her "major orchestral output from 1999 to 2013". The five movements of the Mythology Symphony were written independently over the span of those 14 years, but cohere neatly into a single 40-minute piece. While the character of each movement is different, the general language and compositional attitude is very similar. Garrop seeks to use musical themes and motifs in dramatic tension to relay imagery and narratives from Greek mythology. She achieves this representation through largely consonant, triadic harmony and fairly traditional orchestrational schemes. The other music on the record, Thunderwalker and Shadow, is similar in its strategies. Ultimately, this comes across as vaguely dramatic, mostly unremarkable orchestral work in a conservative style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Center, (2014-03-05_2014-03-07&2015-).



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Works Details

>Garrop, Stacy : Mythology Symphony
  • Conductor: Alondra Parra
  • Ensemble: CCPA Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois (2014-03-05_2014-03-07&2015-)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007-2015

>Garrop, Stacy : Thunderwalker, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Markand Thakar
  • Ensemble: CCPA Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois (2014-03-05_2014-03-07&2015-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Garrop, Stacy : Shadow, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Markand Thakar
  • Ensemble: CCPA Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois (2014-03-05_2014-03-07&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral