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American Classics - Wuorinen: The Dante Trilogy

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  1. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): I. Flight from the Three Beasts $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): II. The Mission of Virgil $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): III. Limbo - They Enter Limbo (a) Poets (b) Warriors (c) Philosophers - Leaving Limbo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): IV. Paolo and Francesca: (a) Arrival (b) The Story (c) Departure $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): V. Monsters of the Prime: (a) Geryon (b) Nimrod (c) Antaeus $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): VI. Satan $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Wuorinen — The Mission of Virgil (chamber version): VII. Journey Through the Center $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): I. The Seven Lights $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): Refrain $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): II. The Elders $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): III. The Chariot $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): Refrain $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): IV. The Griffin $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): Refrain $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): V. The Seven Virtues $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): VI. The Departure $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): Refrain $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Wuorinen — The Great Procession (chamber version): VII. The Unveiling $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Wuorinen — The River of Light (chamber Version)

Album Summary

>Wuorinen, Charles : The Mission of Virgil
>Wuorinen, Charles : The Great Procession, ballet
>Wuorinen, Charles : The River of Light, ballet
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

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: Phillip Bush (Piano); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Thomas Kolor (Percussion); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Benjamin Ramirez (Percussion); Rachel Rudich (Flute); Rachel Rudich (Piccolo); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • 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: Phillip Bush; Paul Carroll (Percussion); Timothy Cobb (Double Bass); Michael Finn (Bassoon); Susan Jolles (Harp); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Thomas Kolor (Percussion); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Benjamin Ramirez (Percussion); Rachel Rudich (Flute); Rachel Rudich (Piccolo); Fred Sherry (Cello); Stephen Taylor (Oboe)
  • 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