Concerto for Orchestraby Michael Torke Conductor:
Period: Contemporary Written: 2014 Date of Recording: 11/24/2014 Venue: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Length: 24 Minutes 17 Secs.
Oracle, for orchestraby 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 ensembleby Michael Torke Conductor:
Paul W. Popiel
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary Venue: Lied Center, University of Kansas Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs.
An Exciting CollectionAugust 24, 2016By 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