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Robert Xavier Rodriguez: De Rerum Natura

Rodriguez / Trevor / Schlaffer
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1479   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRobert Xavier Rodriguez
Performer:  Chloé Trevor
Conductor:  Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Xavier Rodriguez has been called “one of the major American composers of his generation” (Texas Monthly), and his music has been described as “richly lyrical” by Musical America. He first gained international recognition in 1971 when he was awarded the Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco. Other honors include the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has served as Composer-in-Residence with both the San Antonio and Dallas symphonies, and he is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. This recording includes the world premiere of Rodríguez' De Rerum Natura from a live performance inaugurating the new Edith O'Donnell Arts & Technology Building at UT Dallas. Read more Commissioned by the university for this occasion, De Rerum Natura is a 27-minute tone poem based on the Latin poem by Roman poet Lucretius. The young violinist Chloé Trevor is featured in the Mozart Violin Concerto. A rising star on today’s international violin scene, Trevor has won prizes at numerous competitions and been a featured soloist at venues such as Avery Fisher Hall and the Young Prague Festival. - Albany Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Der Schauspieldirektor, K 486: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Chloé Trevor (Violin)
Conductor:  Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Orchestra
Written: 1775 
3. De Rerum Natura by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Conductor:  Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Orchestra

Sound Samples

Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486: Overture
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, "Turkish": I. Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, "Turkish": II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, "Turkish": III. Tempo di menuetto
De Rerum Natura: I. Invocation of Venus (" ... the place of fierce desire"): Moderato affettuoso
De Rerum Natura: II. Ricercare ("... where the mind soars at liberty"): Andante espressivo
De Rerum Natura: III. Variations: Skolion of Seikilos (" ... loosening our bonds"): Adagio sostenuto, subito agitato
De Rerum Natura: IV. Scherzo (" ... atoms that touch the senses with pleasure"): Adagio - Allegretto grazioso
De Rerum Natura: V. Fanfare and Cadenza (" ... the swerve"): Allegro brillante, appassionato, con licenza e bravura
De Rerum Natura: VI. Finale ("... heralds of godlike beauty"): Moderato affettuoso, con energia, ma cantabile

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