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Prisma: Contemporary Works for Orchestra

Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6141  
Composer:  Lionel SainsburyClive MuncasterPatricia JulienJ. A. Kawarsky
Performer:  Jonathan Helton
Conductor:  Petr VronskyRobert Ian WinstinJavier José Mendoza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravska Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Radio Symphony OrchestraChicago Arts Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Navona Records is proud to present PRISMA, a compilation featuring four contemporary composers from the United States and England including Lionel Sainsbury, Clive Muncaster, Patricia Julien, and J. A. Kawarsky. PRISMA spans the spectrum of unique styles of composition, from the grandiose and triumphant to the fragile and tender. This compilation captures a journey through colorful orchestral elements in a singular listening experience that builds into a thrilling sound. PRISMA opens with triumph in Sainsbury’s “Time of the Comet.” Written in 1997, the piece was inspired by the visual presence of the Hale-Bopp comet. Sainsbury translated his vision into a grand composition featuring a proud and virtuous introduction that transitions between Read more allegro and slow sections concluding with prevailing optimism and possibility. Muncaster’s “Reflective Thought Patterns” builds in arch form to its central section and then literally reflects itself in reverse order. The composition starts with brass and timpani, transitioning its melody patterns on woodwinds, marimba, vibraphone, and French horn until the piece comes together at the end echoing the opening this time with a full orchestra. “Among the Hidden” by Patricia Julien, introduces an eerie, darker shade to the PRISMA collection. Building off a circular, three-note piano melody, the moodiness of the composition creates a stark, yet refreshing contrast to the bright, brave orchestral performance of the other composers. Lastly, Kawarsky’s “Fastidious Notes” draws in the ear of the listener with its unusual 5/4 metrical setting. The composition, based on a reworking of the American folk-song “Goodbye Old Paint,” features a sound borrowed right from the school of 20th century American classical music. As the compilation end, the four songs touch every emotion resulting in a conclusive listener experience. Read less

Works on This Recording

Time of the Comet, Op. 25 by Lionel Sainsbury
Conductor:  Petr Vronsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravska Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
Reflective Thought Patterns by Clive Muncaster
Conductor:  Robert Ian Winstin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
Among the Hidden by Patricia Julien
Conductor:  Petr Vronsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravska Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Fastidious Notes by J. A. Kawarsky
Performer:  Jonathan Helton (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Javier José Mendoza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Arts Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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