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Michael Torke (b.1961): Three Manhattan Bridges / Joyce Yang, piano; Julie Albers, cello; Albany SO, Miller

Album Summary

>Torke, Michael [Composer] : Three Manhattan Bridges, for piano & orchestra
>Torke, Michael [Composer] : Winter's Tale, for cello & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, gives world premiere performances of two commissioned works by the distinguished American composer Michael Torke. Torke's music has been called "some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years." (Gramophone) Hailed as a "master orchestrator whose shimmering timbral palette makes him the Ravel of his generation" (New York Times), Michael Torke has created a substantial body of works in virtually every genre. Torke has served as Composer In Residence for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has founded Ecstatic Records. The two works on this recording include a concerto for piano and orchestra titled Three Manhattan Bridges. Torke uses bridges as a metaphor for connecting to an earlier stance that music once had of a direct relationship with its audience. The second work, titled Winter's Tale is a concerto for cello and orchestra. Though not based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, it is inspired by lines from the play.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (12/21/2015); Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (12/22/2014).



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>Torke, Michael [Composer] : Three Manhattan Bridges, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Joyce Yang (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Ensemble: Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Torke, Michael [Composer] : Winter's Tale, for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Julie Albers (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Ensemble: Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto