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Hurricane - Danker: Orchestral Music / Siebel, Gwozdz, Et Al


Release Date: 01/30/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 429   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen Dankner
Performer:  Lawrence Gwozdz
Conductor:  Klauspeter Seibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a great new disc featuring the wonderful music of an American composer performed by a fine American orchestra. What does Dankner's music sound like? Dankner of course, but also a slightly more modern (and inventive) Howard Hanson. As you will hear for yourself Dankner is a composer whose works encompass the breadth of scope and range of expression of the late-Romantic tradition. In his music, there is an emphasis on melody, rich textures, chromatic harmony and contrapuntal devices. The Louisiana Philharmonic is the only musician-owned and managed orchestra in the United States. It has a long-standing relationship with the composer Stephen Dankner, thus it is fitting that the orchestra's very first recording feature the music of Mr. Read more Dankner. Each of the three works which appear on this CD were given their New Orleans premiere by the Louisiana Philharmonic and Hurricane and Song of Solomon were world premieres given by the orchestra. Dankner's music has earned applause, not only from the orchestra and its conductor, but also from audiences. Unlike the music of those composers Ned Rorem dubbed the "serial killers," his work is progressive but accessible, capturing a style of late-Romanticism while incorporating newer influences and voices. Listen for the rich, Straussian-like colors in the vivid "Hurricane." The sweeping expanse of love in all its delight and mystery infuses "Song of Solomon." And with the newest piece on the disc, the Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Dankner expands our perceptions of where this instrument fits in the world of classical music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hurricane by Stephen Dankner
Conductor:  Klauspeter Seibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, IL 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Alto Saxophone by Stephen Dankner
Performer:  Lawrence Gwozdz (Alto Saxophone)
Conductor:  Klauspeter Seibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, IL 
Length: 31 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 3 "Song of Solomon" by Stephen Dankner
Conductor:  Klauspeter Seibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, IL 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Hurricane
Saxophone Concerto: I. Allegro moderato
Saxophone Concerto: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Saxophone Concerto: III. Andante
Saxophone Concerto: IV. Giocoso
Song of Solomon, "Symphony No. 3": I. Languid and atmospheric
Song of Solomon, "Symphony No. 3": II. Allegro maestoso ma agitato
Song of Solomon, "Symphony No. 3": III. Lento misterioso (tempo rubato)

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