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Aspects of America / Kalmar, Oregon Symphony


Release Date: 09/07/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186727  
Composer:  Sean ShepherdSebastian CurrierChristopher RouseKenji Bunch,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Aspects of America presents a fascinating collection of 20th- and 21st-century American orchestral music, ranging from “good old” Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs to pieces by esteemed living composers such as Sean Shepherd (Magiya), Sebastian Currier (Microsymph) and Christopher Rouse (Supplica). The centerpiece of this album is Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch’s Aspects of an Elephant, inspired by the timeless parable of six men who try to discern the traits of an elephant in a pitch-dark room, eventually discovering that only the sum of their perceptions encompasses the full truth. In a similar way, the pieces featured on this album constitute a rich panorama of the dynamism and diversity of contemporary American
Read more composition. Bunch’s piece is dedicated to the members of the Oregon Symphony, who release their fifth album with Pentatone, after Music for a Time of War (2011), This England (2012), Spirit of the American Range (2015) and Haydn Symphonies 53, 64 & 96 (2017). On Aspects of America, they again play under the spirited leadership of music director Carlos Kalmar.

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REVIEW:

This is a superbly played and astutely programmed disc covering just over sixty-five years of music from the tonal end of the spectrum, and all world-premiere recordings but one.

– The Arts Fuse (J. Blumhofer) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Magiya by Sean Shepherd
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
2.
Microsymph by Sebastian Currier
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1997; United States 
3.
Supplica by Christopher Rouse
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
4.
Aspects of an Elephant by Kenji Bunch
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2017; United States 
5.
Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 

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