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Brusa: Orchestral Works, Vol 3

Brusa / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Rustio
Release Date: 04/14/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573437   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elisabetta Brusa
Conductor:  Daniele Rustioni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the third volume in the series of orchestral music by Milanese-born Elisabetta Brusa (b. 1954). Sharing its neo-tonal language with her Nittemero Symphony, which can be heard here, the imposing, vividly immediate and approachable Symphony No. 1 is her first work for large orchestra. The symphonic poem Merlin evokes the great magician of legend through rich orchestral colors and powerful rhythms. Volume 2, described by Gramophone magazine as ‘a collection not to be missed’, can be heard here. This is the third volume in the series of orchestral music by Milanese-born Elisabetta Brusa (b. 1954). Sharing its neo-tonal language with her Nittemero Symphony, which can be heard here, the imposing, vividly immediate and approachable Symphony No. 1 is her first work for large orchestra. The symphonic poem Merlin evokes the great magician of legend through rich orchestral colors and powerful rhythms. Volume 2, described by Gramophone magazine as ‘a collection not to be missed’, can be heard here. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 1, Op. 10 by Elisabetta Brusa
Conductor:  Daniele Rustioni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1988-1990 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 48 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Merlin, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 20 by Elisabetta Brusa
Conductor:  Daniele Rustioni
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Fresh, Intriguing New Symphony June 7, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "On this brand new Naxos recording, Italian composer Elisabetta Brusa's Symphony#1 gets a powerful, dramatic performance from the ever reliable Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Dating from 1990, the symphony has a traditional core structure with heavy layers of modernistic icing. By this, I have in mind Brusa's use of kaleidoscopic orchestral colors, occasionally bordering on dissonant atonality, offset by near chamber music-like interludes. The emphasis is clearly on modernity, as much of Brusa's music is starkly bleak, audacious, and frankly unsettling, especially in the symphony's vigorous opening movement. The extended Adagio second movement continues these stark atmospherics, although with a reduced tempo, even developing a sense of serene, austere beauty. The Allegro 3rd movement provides a short and more optimistic, searching musical statement, and the symphony ends with a 12 minute Adagio, which morphs into a powerful, dynamic allegro-like conclusion employing the full resources of a large orchestra. I think repeated hearings of this symphony are necessary for an informed impression of Brusa's musical mindset. Some who favor more conservative, traditional 'forms' of classical music may have difficulties adjusting to her approach, which can indeed challenge the listener. However, I do think that those with an open mind and willingness to explore new and modern works that avoid avant garde hysteria will easily buy into Brusa's colorful symphony. It's quite a listening experience, made that much more appealing by the superb playing of the RSNO under Daniele Rustioni's direction. In the filler piece, a 10 minute symphonic poem entitled 'Merlin', Brusa constructs a musical portrait of the mystical, mythical Arthurian figure Merlin the magician. This is more subdued, nuanced music (compared to the symphony), and the intent seems to be to establish various impressions of Merlin's character and role in the Arthurian legends. All in all a solid, accessible piece of music, a comment which can easily be applied to the entire disk. If you enjoy truly striking modern music, give this new Naxos disk a try." Report Abuse
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