LOCKLAIR: Symphony of Seasons / Harp Concerto / Lairs of Soundings (Emil Niznansky/ Jacquelyn Bartlett/ Janeanne Houston/ Kirk Trevor/ Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra) (Naxos American Classics: 8.559337)
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A professional organist by the age of fourteen, Dan Locklair's prolific output includes symphonic works, a ballet and an opera. His compositions have been influenced by a wide variety of traditions, ranging from medieval to modern music. Writing about Locklair's 'Symphony of Seasons' in 'The American Record Guide', the critic Andrew Adler said, '[It] is a quiet yet insistent declaration that eloquence needn't be complex - that through care, modesty, and practical imagination, a composer can achieve a genuine expressive victory.' Kirk Trevor, the conductor on this recording, has written, 'After the first read-through of 'In Memory - H.H.L.' I realized we had found a worthy successor to the Barber 'Adagio' ... After recording it, I was even more convinced that [the work] has a real place in the standard string orchestra literature.'