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Augusta Read Thomas (b.1964): Of Being is a Bird - works for piano, solo violin, string quartet, percussion quartet, soprano & ensemble / Claire Booth, soprano; Nathan Cole, violin; Nicola Melville, piano

Album Summary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Helix Spirals, for string quartet
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals), octet for percussion quartet & string quartet
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Capricious Toccata, for violin
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Of Being Is a Bird (Emily Dickinson Settings), for soprano & ensemble
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Caprice, for solo violin
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Rush, for solo violin
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Twitters, for piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD, the sixth instalment in this series documenting Augusta Read Thomas' work in all its protean variety, is dominated by some of her most recent music. Except for the last 3 brief works on this programme, which date from 2004-06, the music gathered here dates from 2014-15, effectively turning this CD into a kind of compositional diary for these years. The New Yorker Magazine called Thomas "a true virtuoso composer." Rising early to the top of her profession, a member of both The American Academy of Arts and Letters and Academy of Arts and Sciences, former Chairperson of the American Music Center, Thomas has become one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American Music. A Member of the Conseil Musical of the Foundation Prince Pierre of Monaco, she has won a Grammy and received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Her composition Astral Canticle was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Carleton College Concert Hall (07/07/2015); Krannert Center For The Performing Arts (07/07/2015); Mechanics Hall (07/07/2015); Studio 1 at WFMT Radio (07/07/2015); The Logan Center for the Arts (07/07/2015); Wigmore Hall, London (07/07/2015).



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Works Details

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Helix Spirals, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Parker String Quartet
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals), octet for percussion quartet & string quartet
  • Ensemble: Third Coast Percussion
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2014

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Capricious Toccata, for violin
  • Performer: Nathan Giem (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Ensemble: Aurora Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Of Being Is a Bird (Emily Dickinson Settings), for soprano & ensemble
  • Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Caprice, for solo violin
  • Performer: Nathan Cole (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Rush, for solo violin
  • Performer: Nathan Cole (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Love Twitters, for piano
  • Performer: Nicola Melville (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary