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Lang / City Of Tomorrow
Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Ravello   Catalog #: 7904   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David LangLuciano BerioDenys BoulianeNate Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Tomorrow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The conch shell exemplifies the versatility, sublimity, and transcendence of nature - a natural dwelling, a biological work of art, and, as shown by the City of Tomorrow, an instrument. NATURE, the debut Ravello Records release by the City of Tomorrow wind quintet - consisting of Elise Blatchford, flute; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Camila Barrientos Ossio, clarinet; Laura Miller, bassoon; and Leander Star, horn - showcases works by four contemporary composers that explore the evolution of humanity's relationship with nature.

David Lang's breathless illustrates the tireless flow of time - the constant and steady movement of events - each instrument playing the same phrase throughout which overlap and create a continuously
Read more evolving unity. The innate balance between order and chaos is portrayed in Luciano Berio's ricorrenze, a piece in which interweaving virtuosic lines are grown from a single unison note, like sprouting from a seed. Inspired by a fantastical encyclopedia of real and imagined animals, "...a certain chinese cyclopaedia..." by Denys Bouliane creates a musical taxonomy of the sounds of bebop à la Charlie Parker, making Darwinian observations about the infinite and complex variations in human-made arts. Nat Evan's Music for Breathing is a foil to the occidental concept that nature is nothing but "beautiful" or "peaceful," emphasizing that nature does not discriminate, all biological events occur without favor. Through their virtuosic interpretations, the City of Tomorrow explores human emotional responses to the ever-changing biosphere and how we find new ways to participate in an awe-inspiring, often turbulent, and always indiscriminate environment.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Breathless, for wind quintet by David Lang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Tomorrow
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003 
Venue:  Bespoke Studios, Portland, OR 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Ricorrenze, for wind quintet by Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Tomorrow
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1985-1987 
Venue:  Bespoke Studios, Portland, OR 
Length: 13 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
...A Certain Chinese Cyclopaedia..., for wind quintet by Denys Bouliane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Tomorrow
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1986 
Venue:  Bespoke Studios, Portland, OR 
Length: 15 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Music for Breathing, for wind quintet by Nate Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Tomorrow
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Venue:  Bespoke Studios, Portland, OR 
Length: 17 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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