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Leshnoff: Symphony No. 3; Piano Concerto / Powell, Joyce Yang, Stern, Kansas City Symphony


Release Date: 11/20/2020 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 739  
Composer:  Jonathan Leshnoff
Performer:  Joyce YangStephen Powell
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reference Recordings proudly presents two new works from leading American composer Jonathan Leshnoff. Distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” Leshnoff is renowned for his music's striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes. These world premiere recordings showcase the Kansas City Symphony performing his third symphony, inspired by World War I letters home, with texts sung by baritone Stephen Powell. It is coupled with Leshnoff ’s new and exciting piano concerto, dedicated to and performed by pianist Joyce Yang. This is the eighth album in Reference Recordings’ series with Kansas City Symphony. Previous albums are Shakespeare’s Tempest; the GRAMMY® Award-winning Britten’s Read more Orchestra, an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project, Miraculous Metamorphoses, an all-Saint-Saëns album featuring the magnificent Organ Symphony, an album of works from contemporary American composer Adam Schoenberg (nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards), and most recently Gustav Holst’s The Planets and The Perfect Fool. Two additional projects, featuring one-movement symphonies by Barber, Scriabin and Sibelius; and a live recording of works of Johannes Brahms, have been recorded and slated for future release.

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REVIEW:

Here are two of the Leshnoff’s most impressive works, and the Third Symphony in particular will be relished by those who admire such 20th-century composers as Vaughan Williams, Walton, and Copland. It is music of great authority (inspired by World War I letters home, with texts sung by baritone Stephen Powell), with an equal tempering of drama and beauty, strikingly performed by the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern.

– Classical CD Choice (Barry Forshaw) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano by Jonathan Leshnoff
Performer:  Joyce Yang (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2019; United States 
2.
Symphony No. 3 by Jonathan Leshnoff
Performer:  Stephen Powell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; United States 

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