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Fennelly: Chrysalis, Etc / Suben, Polish Radio National So


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 491   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Boguslaw FurtokChris GekkerRoland Orlik
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brian Fennelly is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University, where he taught from 1968 to 1997. Following a degree in engineering from Union College, he studied music at Yale with Mel Powell, Donald Martino, Gunther Schuller and George Perle. The five works recorded on this CD cover a 21 year period in the creative life of the composer. Among the consistent, remarkable features of Fennelly's orchestral works from these years - the elements which define his distinctive compositional voice are the abundant paradoxical tendencies: steadfast resistance to fashion, coupled with frequent signs of his awareness of contemporary compositional trends; nearly obsessive dedication to formal transparency, coupled Read more sometimes with impressionistic, sensuous orchestral textures and the masking of structural divisions; strong goal orientation through progressions of phrases leading to powerful climaxes, coupled often with rhapsodic passages of a seemingly static nature; pitch organization clearly derived from dodecaphonic or hexachordal procedures, coupled frequently with motives and harmonies selected for their apparent non-serial associations (suggestive of, but not operating functionally in, traditional tonality or modality). This album reveals Brian Fennelly as a craftsman of sober, weighty music built to stand objectively, i.e. by the strength of its own content and architecture. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Thoreau fantasy no 2 "Ambrosial mornings" by Brian Fennelly
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1985; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
Length: 22 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Lunar halos by Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Boguslaw Furtok (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 04/21/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3. Concert piece for Trumpet and Orchestra by Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Chris Gekker (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 04/22/2001 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4. Reflections/Metamorphoses by Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Roland Orlik (Violin)
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 04/05/2000 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5. A Thoreau Symphony: Chrysalis by Brian Fennelly
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Thoreau Fantasy No. 2, "Ambrosial Mornings"
Lunar Halos
Concert Piece
Reflections / Metamorphoses
A Thoreau Symphony: III. Chrysalis

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