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    MARGARET BROUWER

    RHAPSODIES

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    Margaret Brouwer is a composer renowned for her music’s lyricism, imagery and emotional power. The five premiere recordings on this album span 24 years. Brouwer grew up in a Dutch/American community and her Symphony No. 1 “Lake Voices” encodes both a recurring Dutch hymn-like melody and the rhapsodic, sparkling sonorities of a lake vista. Rhapsody, Concerto for Orchestra provides dazzling sounds and virtuosic challenges, while Pluto, written during a period of loss, offers destructive but also restorative moments. Elsewhere, Brouwer evokes the beauties of nature and sailing at dawn.
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    CARL NIELSEN

    THE SYMPHONIES BOXED SET (4CD)

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    The Royal Danish Orchestra’s performing history stretches back to 1448, making it the oldest orchestra in the world, with Carl Nielsen counted amongst its distinguished former members. His 16 years of experience as one of the orchestra’s second violinists helped shape him as a composer, and it was this ensemble that introduced his symphonies to the world. From the ‘imminent storm of genius’ of the First Symphony to the disarming outlandishness of the Sixth, Nielsen’s symphonies are recognised as among the greatest in their genre, heard here in recordings made with a league of conductors whose bond with Denmark and Nielsen’s music is second to none.
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    OSCAR LORENZO FERNANDEZ

    SYMPHONIES NOS. 1 AND 2

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    Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez was a key figure in the cultural life of Rio de Janeiro, founding numerous influential musical institutions both journalistic and educational. He gained international fame for the primordial power of Batuque, the final dance movement of his Afro-Brazilian influenced Reisado do Pastoreio suite. In his later career Lorenzo Fernandez moved away from explicit nationalism towards a more universalist idiom as can be heard in the vigorously themed and atmospheric First Symphony of 1945 and the programmatic Second Symphony, inspired by the life and death of the heroic 17th-century explorer Fernão Dias Paes Leme.
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    BRUCE BROUGHTON

    AND ON THE SIXTH DAY

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    Although Bruce Broughton is best known for his many film and television scores, over the past five decades he has composed scores for a diverse array of projects from film and TV to concert music and even theme parks. This album presents a small selection of his concert works including String Theory for string orchestra, his oboe concerto And on the Sixth Day performed by Olivier Stankiewicz, principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, and his brilliant Horn Concerto, written for William VerMeulen, principal horn of the Houston Symphony, who is the soloist on this recording.
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    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

    COMPLETE MASSES, VOL. 3

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    The third volume of Mozart’s Masses focuses on works written in Salzburg when the composer was in his late teens and early twenties. The Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis, a bright celebratory work, is the only Mass setting without soloists that Mozart composed. The Missa Brevis in D major is a compact, economic setting conforming to the Archbishop’s dictates for shorter works. Its companion, the Missa Brevis in B flat major, though keenly responsive and beautiful, upset church musicians because it utilised a Parisian gavotte in the ‘Dona nobis pacem’ and ended Mozart’s employment on a provocative note.
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    FERNANDO LOPES-GRAÇA

    CANÇÕES PORTUGUESAS

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    Fernando Lopes-Graça’s importance to 20th-century Portuguese music cannot be overestimated. His study of native songs and traditions has been compared to that of Bartók, and the soulful melodies of the Três canções corais are an early example of his highly effective integration of folk style into rigorous historically established forms. From the reverence and purity of the Christmas Cantata songs to the harmonic density of the Três líricas castelhanas de Camões, the powerful and often deeply moving combination of Lopes-Graça’s use of classical structure alongside his country’s musical heritage finds its zenith in his writing for voices.
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    RICHARD DANIELPOUR

    SONGS IN THREE LANGUAGES

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    Richard Danielpour has collaborated frequently with soprano Hila Plitmann, and this album features three recent works, two of which were written specifically for her. The song cycles heard here are sung in three languages central to the composer’s life. Songs of Love and Loss is in Farsi and sets the poetry of Rumi; Canti Della Natura, in Italian, takes sonnets attributed to Vivaldi in The Four Seasons; while Songs of My Father is set to the English poems of Danielpour’s father. Each cycle features differing instrumentation and reflects Danielpour’s long-admired compositional subtlety and refinement.

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