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Music From Six Continents, 2001 Series - Brings, Kreuz, Beath

Release Date: 04/13/2009 
Label:  Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog #: 3053  
Composer:  Allen BringsMaximilian KreuzBetty BeathTsippi Fleischer,   ... 
Performer:  Eyak SelaYinon Muallem
Conductor:  Toshiyuki ShimadaAlexander LiebreichJiri Mikula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Chamber OrchestraPrague Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is in many ways more successful than others in the series. By only including five (well contrasted) composers VMM allow at least two of them a chance to ‘spread themselves’ including a work the composer called ‘Symphony’. At well over 20 minutes it is the longest piece on the disc.

The booklet has photographs of each composer and they are also allowed to write about their own music. I never think that this is a good idea and I speak as one who has had to do it himself. Moral: always try to get someone to write about you. (I would also add try to get someone else to perform or conduct your music). When Maximilian Kreuz writes in the third person "the composer has concerned himself with a new kind of chromatic
Read more tonality, which in this piece determines the harmonic language" I wonder why he didn’t write it in the first person. Is it because he goes on to tell us "creation of this work was supported by the City of Vienna", an attempt to place himself outside the intimate and into the public arena. Despite his rambling description this is the most successful piece on the CD. Possibly it falls under the shadow of his fellow Austrian, the late Gottfried von Einem (b.1918) but it is none the worse for that. Its six movements evolve logically and with intensity.

-- Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Scherzi Musicali by Allen Brings
Conductor:  Toshiyuki Shimada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Mouvement Symphonique no 3 by Maximilian Kreuz
Conductor:  Alexander Liebreich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Woman's Song by Betty Beath
Conductor:  Toshiyuki Shimada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
Symphony no 4 "A Moving Shadow" by Tsippi Fleischer
Performer:  Eyak Sela (Winds), Yinon Muallem (Percussion)
Conductor:  Jiri Mikula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Israel 
From Dark to Light by Sonja Grossner
Conductor:  Toshiyuki Shimada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Sound Samples

Scherzi musicali: (USA)
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: I. Introduzione
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: II. Allegretto
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: III. Moderato
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: IV. Allegretto: Moderato espressivo
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: V. Allegretto
Mouvement symphonique No. 3, Wv.45a: VI. Moderato
Woman's Song: (Australia)
Symphony No. 4, Op. 51, "A Passing Shadow": Symphony No. 4, "A Passing Shadow" (Israel)
From Dark to Light: (UK)

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