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Torke: Unconquered / Macelaru, Philadelphia Orchestra

Torke / Philadelphia Orchestra
Release Date: 05/04/2018 
Label:  Ecstatic Records   Catalog #: 92271  
Composer:  Michael Torke
Conductor:  Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Michael Torke writes of his four-movement symphonic tone poem Unconquered: “…the battles won at Saratoga were the turning point of the Revolutionary War, when, after General Burgoyne surrendered his British army, France entered the war, and her support was crucial to the eventual victory, establishing our independence… The title speaks of Saratoga’s victory- an “invictus”- a resolve to stand strong. Summon, the first movement, is a muster; the call to assemble the forces. Dawn speaks of when battles are often initiated, the time of day is dewy and fresh, when an attack would be a surprise. Advance is like a symphony’s Scherzo movement, three minutes of energy moving forward. And Liberty is the result of the triumph of the Read more Continental Army; freedom from British tyranny and rule. There are no battle scenes depicted in this score, only an expression of the moods conjured by these themes.” Read less

Works on This Recording

Unconquered by Michael Torke
Conductor:  Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Positive Expression of Patriotism June 20, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In my opinion, Michael Torke is something of a national treasure. He has the rare ability to take elements of American culture and develop them with all the tools of a contemporary classical composer. The end result is music that sounds distinctly American. It's always connected to the traditions of the past, but with a sound that could only be possible in the present. His music is always accessible and -- most important -- in his own voice. Unconquered is but the latest example. This 25-minute tone poem was commissioned for the 50th anniversary of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Torke uses it to commemorate another historical moment. The 1777 Battle of Saragota, which marked a turning point in America's War of Independence. This is a work that sounds timeless and timely. And it's truly a patriotic work in the best sense of the word. Don't file this away as just another piece for the 4th of July. "Unconquered" is a work that can be enjoyed year round." Report Abuse
 Revitalizing an Historic Event June 5, 2018 By George A. (Milwaukee, WI) See All My Reviews "Michael Torke's "Unconquered" is inspired by the pivotal Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution. The four movements set a person in the midst of the battle with a call to action, the calm before the battle, the attack, and the celebration of victory which leads to our national freedom. The 24-minute work both takes one back to 1777 and thrusts one forward into the 21st Century." Report Abuse
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