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Daugherty: Dreamachine, Trail of Tears & Reflections on the Mississippi / Miller, Albany Symphony


Release Date: 03/01/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559807  
Composer:  Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Amy PorterEvelyn GlennieCarol Jantsch
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores the relationships between machines, humanity and nature in three unique concertos. ‘Dreamachine’ for solo percussion and orchestra is a colorful tribute to the imagination of inventors who dreamed of new machines, both real and surreal. The flute concerto ‘Trail of Tears’ dramatizes the tragic governmental forced relocation of Native Americans in 1838 and meditates on how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with adversity. ‘Reflections on the Mississippi’ for tuba and orchestra is a musical voyage down the legendary Mississippi River from Iowa to Louisiana. The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, delivers mesmerizing performances by three outstanding women soloists: Read more Grammy Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flutist extraordinaire Amy Porter, and Carol Jantsch, the remarkable principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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REVIEW:

The three-movement Trail of Tears for flute and chamber orchestra relates the sadness that followed the relocation of North American Indians in the 1830’s. The first two movements explore the sad qualities the flute can portray, the whirlwind finale a massive technical challenge that will tax any soloist. The four movement Dreamachine is meant to represent the advances humans have made in machinery. It offers the percussion soloist a score of virtuosity with different groups of instruments in each movement. The great joy of the disc is Reflections on the Mississippi, four pictures of the river from Daugherty’s memories of holidays in his youth by the river. From the creamy smooth to the ripe lower notes, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s young tuba player, Carol Jantsch, has everything. The Albany Symphony, with their conductor, David Alan Miller, ably support the group throughout. Soloists are set rather forward, but in excellent overall sound. Highly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Trail of Tears by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Amy Porter (Flute)
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Dreamachine by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba and Symphonic Band by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Carol Jantsch (Tuba)
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Hits on all cylinders May 7, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In my opinion, Michael Daugherty's style hits the sweet spot. His music has real substance, working on multiple layers that yield fresh insights with every hearing. He's also fully integrated the musical vernacular of pop culture. And he writes in a mostly tonal and strongly rhythmic language. These strengths enable his music to connect with the classical audience and non-classical audiences. This release features three strong examples of how effective that language can be. Flutist Amy Porter delivers a heart-rending performance of "Trail of Tears." According to Daugherty, the concerto makes the journey of the human spirit through extraordinary tribulation. Although some melodic elements emulate Native American melodies, the music transcends race and culture. It's a powerful work that speaks directly to the heart. Reflections on the Mississipi is an exciting concerto for tuba and orchestra. The music roils and churns like the river itself. Snippets of "Wade in the Water" surface then disappear back into the ensemble. Soloist Carol Jantsch plays with a warm, golden sound and astonishing technique. Daugherty says the inspiration for Dreamachine were images that had surprising connections between humans and machines. This tour de force percussion concerto has the soloist performing both roles. Sometimes the percussion instruments sound mechanistic; other times they're quite expressive. Dame Evelyn Glennie, who premiered the work in 2014, performs here. Arguably one of the greatest percussionists in the world, Glennie provides the soul in the machine. The Albany Symphony under the direction of David Alan Miller is at the top of its game. Every note hits with precision and just the right intensity. The ensemble performs as if of one mind with the respective soloists. Great music, great performances." Report Abuse
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