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Michael Torke: Concerto for Orchestra

Torke / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Ecstatic Records   Catalog #: 92261   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Michael Torke
Conductor:  Vasily PetrenkoMark Russell SmithPaul W. PopielRichard Owen Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Orchestra by Michael Torke
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014 
Date of Recording: 11/24/2014 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 24 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Oracle, for orchestra by Michael Torke
Conductor:  Mark Russell Smith
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Date of Recording: 10/06/2013 
Venue:  Centennial Hall, Rock Island, IL 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Bliss, for wind ensemble by Michael Torke
Conductor:  Paul W. Popiel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Lied Center, University of Kansas 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Iphegenia, ballet for 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 horns, cello & double bass by Michael Torke
Conductor:  Richard Owen Jr.
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2013 
Venue:  John Kilgore Sound and Recording 
Length: 21 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 An Exciting Collection August 24, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "I've liked everything I've heard by Michael Torke. In my opinion, his musical style seems to sit in the sweet spot -- his language is tonal without being tied to tradition, his rhythms propulsive without the intense repetition of minimalism (some consider him post-minimalist). The Concerto for Orchestra starts with a very simple motif -- C-G-C-A. From that seed grows a 25-minute work that, while never straying too far from that opening motif, changes and expands in imaginative ways. While it's not quite the straightforward instrumental showcase of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Torke's Concerto places heavy demands on the ensemble as a whole by the way he combines instruments from different sections. Iphigenia for six winds and two strings is another example of Torke's organic approach to music. As he explains in the liner notes, each movement starts with an opening theme that Torke then expands by inserting new notes into it. These expanding themes are played against each other contrapuntally. The modest ensemble gives the music a transparency that helps reveal the interplay between the various lines. Also included are two shorter works (Bliss and Oracle) that provide a nice transition from the Concerto to Iphigenia. All four works on the album were written in either 2013 or 2014, giving the listener a snapshot of the composer's current musical style. After repeating listening to this release, my opinion remains unchanged. I still like everything I've heard by Michael Torke -- including this album." Report Abuse
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