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American Classics - Wuorinen: The Dante Trilogy

Album Summary

>Wuorinen, Charles : The Mission of Virgil
>Wuorinen, Charles : The Great Procession, ballet
>Wuorinen, Charles : The River of Light, ballet
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Notes & Reviews:

In his long composing life, Charles Wuorinen has drawn on an extremely wide range of intellectual and musical inspirations, including many from science and literature. 'The Dante Trilogy' is among his most ambitious compositions, its source one of the great works of the Western intellectual canon. The three ballets each correspond to one of the books of Dante's 'Divina Commedia: The Mission of Virgil to Inferno', 'The Great Procession to Purgatorio', and 'The River of Light to Paradiso'; although rather than attempting to mirror the whole of Dante's narrative, Wuorinen's music relates to the detail and atmosphere of the books.



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>Wuorinen, Charles : The Mission of Virgil
  • Performers: Cameron Grant (Piano); Richard Moredock (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993-1994

>Wuorinen, Charles : The Great Procession, ballet
  • Performers: Rachel Rudich (Flute); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Phillip Bush (Piano); Rachel Rudich (Piccolo); Thomas Kolor (Percussion); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Fred Sherry (Cello); Benjamin Ramirez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: Peter Lewis Auditorium, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (02/12/1999-02/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Wuorinen, Charles : The River of Light, ballet
  • Performers: Timothy Cobb (Double Bass); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Thomas Kolor (Percussion); Michael Finn (Bassoon); Rachel Rudich (Flute); Phillip Bush (Piano); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Rachel Rudich (Piccolo); Susan Jolles (Harp); Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Benjamin Ramirez (Percussion); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Fred Sherry (Cello); Paul Carroll (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: Peter Lewis Auditorium, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (02/12/1999-02/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996