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Dunne: Metaphrase, Works for Chamber Orchestra / Meyer, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 930   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Timothy Dunne
Performer:  Artur ZobninJames GilesIrina [Soprano Vocal] VassilevaAlexandra [Cor Anglais] Shatalova,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If one has never been to St. Petersburg, Russia, it is difficult to describe its particular strangeness; the slightly otherworldly quality captured so well by authors from Gogol to Dostoevsky to Colum McCann. When New York native Timothy Dunne went to Russia to study with Sergei Slonimsky at the State Conservatory of St. Petersburg, he found its “otherness” to be an ideal space in which to shift a career based on performance to one based on writing. There, he had to work through different musical, cultural and linguistic challenges, ultimately crafting works The New York Times would call “strikingly written.” His Innova Recordings debut, Metaphrase, is a collection of those works. The album’s title comes from the term for a creative chain Read more reaction by which one artwork- literary, musical or otherwise- inspires a conscious re-telling or re-fashioning. This concept opens the album with Braid, a metaphrase on Dunne’s own Ribbon. It comes to the fore in Margarita Metaphrase, written in appreciation for Slonimsky and appropriating music from his 1972 chamber opera based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, The Master and Margarita. Throughout, Dunne’s works reveal a rich and turbulent creativity in search of a fresh, modernist grammar. Would the kind of fracturing, reassembling and exploration that he finds himself pursuing have been possible without the influence of St. Petersburg on Dunne’s work? The tricky thing is that eventually, the threads that make up something become so woven together as to be inextricable. Writing about these works, Nigel Osborne said Dunne’s compositions constitute “a field of complete originality where atonality meets the ghosts of tonality, and figure meets ground in a wild and open space.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Braid, for violin & chamber orchestra by Timothy Dunne
Performer:  Artur Zobnin (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013-2014 
Date of Recording: 11/2013/03/2014 
Venue:  Dom Radio, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Concert for piano & chamber orchestra by Timothy Dunne
Performer:  James Giles (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Date of Recording: 11/2013/03/2014 
Venue:  Dom Radio, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 19 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Ground, for chamber orchestra by Timothy Dunne
Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014 
Date of Recording: 11/2013/03/2014 
Venue:  Dom Radio, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Margarita Metaphrase, for soprano, horn & chamber orchestra by Timothy Dunne
Performer:  Irina [Soprano Vocal] Vassileva (), Alexandra [Cor Anglais] Shatalova (), Alexandra Shatalova (English Horn),
Irina Vassileva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/2013/03/2014 
Venue:  Dom Radio, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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