J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen

Album Summary

>Anderson, Julian : Eden
>Anderson, Julian : Imagin'd Corners
>Anderson, Julian : American Choruses (4)
>Anderson, Julian : Symphony
>Anderson, Julian : Book of Hours
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This, the magnificent follow-up to the recent Ondine Julian Anderson disc (9/06), contains the five works he wrote for Birmingham forces during his years as CBSO composer-in-association (2001-5). The recordings were made at different times in different places but the strongest impression is of a group of compositions exploring closely related ideas and beliefs. The opening of the Symphony is emblematic, evolving from attenuated noises to the trills, arabesques and fanfares of a pastoral dawn-music. You might pick up hints of Tippett's Ritual Dances, Nicholas Maw's Odyssey, even of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. But the music never falls back on simple imitation, and while it seems to share Tippett's modern construction of Utopia - of aspiration inseparable from uncertainty and doubt - the subtle intricacy of Anderson's approach to harmony, and to the interplay between tempered and non-tempered tunings, reinforces its strongly personal, authentically contemporary quality. Similar images are powerfully projected at the end of Book of Hours for instrumental ensemble and live electronics, when an artless, folklike tune is challenged by much darker, denser materials, and again in the shorter orchestral works Eden and Imagin'd Corners. In all these scores the luminous yet abrasive resonance of the textures counters the risks of old-style pastoral complacency. As John Fallas's well informed notes point out, Anderson's is not an escapist vision of Utopia. Hope is always "uncertain", and in the Four American Choruses, setting verses from Ira Sankey's evangelical hymns collection, the music seems to question as much as to endorse the simple religious sentiments of the texts. Even if these works receive more polished performances in future years, the present recordings are all special in the imagination and excitement they convey." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Anderson, Julian : Eden
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Anderson, Julian : Imagin'd Corners
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anderson, Julian : American Choruses (4)
  • Conductor: Simon Halsey
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anderson, Julian : Symphony
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2003
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Anderson, Julian : Book of Hours
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 24 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004
  • Studio/Live: Live