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Peter Boyer: Symphony No 1 / London Philharmonic Orchestra

Boyer / London Philharmonic Orch / Boyer
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559769   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, widely admired not least for his GRAMMY®-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Naxos 8.559246). The composer writes, “The five works included on this recording represent a cross-section of my orchestral music. Three Olympians reflects my interest in mythology and history. Often I have received invitations to compose music for celebratory concerts, and three of the works included here – Silver Fanfare, Festivities and Celebration Overture – were created for such occasions.” Symphony No. 1 is a lyrical and rhythmically charged work, dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein. Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, widely admired not least for his GRAMMY®-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Naxos 8.559246). The composer writes, “The five works included on this recording represent a cross-section of my orchestral music. Three Olympians reflects my interest in mythology and history. Often I have received invitations to compose music for celebratory concerts, and three of the works included here – Silver Fanfare, Festivities and Celebration Overture – were created for such occasions.” Symphony No. 1 is a lyrical and rhythmically charged work, dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Silver Fanfare by Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2. Festivities by Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Three Olympians by Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
4. Celebration Overture by Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
5. Symphony no 1 by Peter Boyer
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sound Samples

Silver Fanfare
Festivities
Three Olympians: No. 1. Apollo
Three Olympians: No. 2. Aphrodite
Three Olympians: No. 3. Ares
Celebration Overture
Symphony No. 1: I. Prelude
Symphony No. 1: II. Scherzo/Dance
Symphony No. 1: III. Adagio

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Attention-grabbing music May 22, 2014 By owen  r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "A fanfare and march with brass and strings in snappy rhythms. A beautiful little tone poem and a symphony; both in three movements. A joyful, nostalgic tinged overture. What's not to like? This is just engaging, beautiful, fun stuff. The 55 minutes on this CD whizzed by in half that time. The recording is first rate." Report Abuse
 Exhilarating, sweeping soundscape continues the A May 15, 2014 By S. Martorella (East Greenwich, RI) See All My Reviews "“Classic” here refers not to the 18th century, but rather to that great tradition of American symphony exemplified by Copland, Bernstein, Roy Harris and others. While acknowledging this in the liner notes, composer Peter Boyer has managed to honor this tradition while preserving his own voice…and a fine one it is - lyric, tuneful, a panorama in sound that sculpts an exhilarating, sweeping soundscape. Symphony No. 1 may be the composer’s first symphony, but it is the work of a mature composer with a developed style that is both dramatic and colorful while remaining accessible and listener-friendly. In three movements, the first two are quite brief and leave one wanting more; but the listener is fully sated in the final movement which has charm and appeal but also depth and introspection. The album is rounded out with other smaller works of Boyer, most of which were written for specific occasions, and because of their shorter length lack the in-depth development that is displayed in the symphony. Still, they are sonorous and appealing. The Three Olympians for string orchestra has always been a favorite of mine, and here it offers a vibrant counterpoint to the other works. One expects, of course, the London Symphony to be exceptional, and indeed they are, but this is not Boyer’s first outing with them. This recording shows him to have matured as a director as well, providing interpretations of clarity, sweep, and definition. If you are looking for avant-garde contemporary, this is not it; but if not, then sit back and enjoy a most wondrous voyage." Report Abuse
 Truly wonderful April 11, 2014 By paul m. (east northport, NY) See All My Reviews "This is the first time I heard anything by Boyer and I am enthralled. Just the Aphrodite and the Adagio, 3rd movement of the symphony, is worth the price of this disc. Those two pieces leave you breathless and after a few hearing you cannot get those themes out of your mind and cannot wait to play them again. The rest of the CD is wonderful also. I highly recommend this and I need to purchase more Boyer discs." Report Abuse
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