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Rosner: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 / Burchett, Palmer, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Release Date: 03/16/2018 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 465  
Composer:  Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Christopher Burchett
Conductor:  Nick Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The musical language of the New York-based Arnold Rosner (1945–2013) clothes the modal harmony and rhythm of pre-Baroque polyphony in rich Romantic colours, producing a style that is instantly recognisable and immediately appealing. This second Toccata Classics album of his orchestral music contrasts the high-spirited Unraveling Dances – a rhapsody with more than a nod to Ravel’s Bolero – with the powerful symphonic suite Five Ko-ans for Orchestra and Rosner’s dramatic, dark, hieratic setting of Kafka’s The Parable of the Law for baritone and orchestra. American baritone Christopher Burchett has appeared on the stages of opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and The Kennedy Read more Center for the Performing Arts. Opera News has described him as a ‘fearlessly vulnerable’ performer, ‘who gave an unflinchingly, heroically human performance that will linger long in the memory.’ Nick Palmer is music director of the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana, North Charleston Pops in South Carolina and the ‘Evening Under the Stars’ music festival in Massachusetts; principal pops conductor of the Altoona Symphony in Philadelphia; and distinguished conductor in residence at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Read less

Works on This Recording

Ko-ans (5) for Orchestra, Op. 65 by Arnold Rosner
Conductor:  Nick Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; United States 
Unraveling Dances, Op. 122 by Arnold Rosner
Conductor:  Nick Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007; United States 
The Parable of the Law, Op. 97 by Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Christopher Burchett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nick Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Exceptional performances of exceptional music January 7, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This installment of Rosner's orchestral music shows a wide range of emotional expression. The 1976 Five Ko-ans for Orchestra encapsulates the essence of Rosner's style. The music's mostly triadic, with chords resolving in delightfully unexpected ways. Rosner incorporated Renaissance modality and late Medieval counterpoint into his music. It's no accident that the final movement of this work is titled "Isorhythmic Motet." The blending of early music compositional techniques with a modern orchestra makes the work sound timeless, not bound to a particular century or idiom. Unraveling Dances is a late work. It's a set of theme and variations laid over a multi-rhythmic bolero. Yes, there's a nod to Ravel's "Bolero," but Rosner's work sounds much closer to the dance's origins. The Parable of the Law is a harrowing setting of a Franz Kafta text. A person comes to a door, and the doorkeeper refuses him admittance. The person waits out his entire life, only to learn at death that the door was meant only for him. Rosner's orchestral setting provides a roiling and restless accompaniment to the baritone. The baritone relates The Parable of the Law sometimes singing, sometimes shouting, sometimes growling. While Rosner shows great skill, for me, it's the least interesting work I've heard from this composer. It just seemed as if the whole work was just one (overly long) exposition. Christopher Burchett delivers an exceptionally dramatic performance. But there's just not that much for him to work with. The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Nick Palmer shine. Rosner uses a unique orchestral palette, and this ensemble makes it sound magnificent. While I personally think the Parable is weak, overall I liked the album. Five Ko-ans is considered one of Rosner's best work, and it's easy to hear why. And Unraveling Dances is just plain fun. In this case, two out of three is very good." Report Abuse
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