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Schwantner: Angelfire, etc / Litton, Meyers, Hustis, et al

Album Summary

>Schwantner, Joseph : A Sudden Rainbow, for orchestra
>Schwantner, Joseph : Angelfire, fantasy for amplified violin & orchestra
>Schwantner, Joseph : Beyond Autumn, poem for horn & orchestra
>Schwantner, Joseph : September Canticle, fantasy for organ, brass, percussion, amplified piano & strings
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joseph Schwantner was born in Chicago in 1943 and is a prominent figure in American contemporary music, his works receiving many accolages including the Pulitzer Prize, Friedheim Awards, and a Grammy nomination in the category 'Best New Classical Composition'. His music has been performed extensively worldwide and is commonly compared to the likes of Berg, Crumb, Messiaen and Debussy.

'Andrew Litton's excellent Dallas Symphony Orchestra does full justice to all the works ... And the three soloists for whom the later pieces were written could hardly be bettered' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Andrew Litton draws a meticulously prepared response from his admirable Texas band and all three soloists are on irreproachably secure form throughout. The sound has both impressive body and detail in its favour' (Gramophone)

'New York-born conductor Andrew Litton is virtually an adopted son of England, so it seems natural to see him turn up on Hyperion. Still, this collection of brilliantly wrought recent scores by American composer Joseph Schwantner comes as a welcome surprise' (Time Out, New York)

'Four works excellently performed and recorded that represent the composer at his best ... Passages are ravishingly beautiful, the scoring is extraordinarily imaginative, and the overall impact is quite moving... This fine resent release offers exquisite performances' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Schwantner, Joseph : A Sudden Rainbow, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX (06/21/2004-06/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Schwantner, Joseph : Angelfire, fantasy for amplified violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX (06/21/2004-06/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Schwantner, Joseph : Beyond Autumn, poem for horn & orchestra
  • Performer: Gregory Hustis (French Horn)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX (06/21/2004-06/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Schwantner, Joseph : September Canticle, fantasy for organ, brass, percussion, amplified piano & strings
  • Performer: James Diaz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX (06/21/2004-06/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002