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Gerber: Symphony No 1, Viola Concerto, Etc / Sanderling, Etc


Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9831   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Steven R. Gerber
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic OrchestraBekova Sisters
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Steven R. Gerber (born 1948) is of the generation of what might be called "the new tonal school." These composers, born in the 1940s and '50s, have one foot in the modern/avant-garde/contemporary composition and the other firmly in the "classic" tradition of 19th/early 20th century symphonic music. Gerber studied with Milton Babbitt, yet his music has some affinity with Gorecki and Glass. Though not a minimalist, Gerber's works make good use of subtle repetition and lush masses of sound.
In his Symphony No. 1, he integrates the mathematical repetition of Philip Glass' orchestral writing and the dense, melodic Germanic vocabulary of Bruckner, and constructs a symphony of gently pensive tension and understated drama. The Viola Concerto is
Read more a somber work that juxtaposes the acerbic viola of Lars Anders Tomter with a dense, slightly turbulent orchestral milieu reminiscent of the modernism of Ruggles and Ives and the approach of Beethoven.
This is a beautiful album of "modern" music played in the "classic" manner, while refusing to be fixed-into and limited by either category. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Steven R. Gerber
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Concerto for Viola by Steven R. Gerber
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997 
3.
Triple Overture by Steven R. Gerber
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bekova Sisters
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 
4.
Dirge and Awakening by Steven R. Gerber
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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