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Daugherty: Route 66 / Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony

Daugherty / Bournemouth Symphony Orch / Alsop
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559613  
Composer:  Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Michael Daugherty manages to have his musical cake and eat it too. His music's eclectic "pop" elements rub shoulders with thoroughly modern compositional techniques. Time Machine, for example, requires three conductors, but its various textural layers and rhythmic complexities never sound confused. Indeed, its ticking woodblocks sound very much like Daugherty--something similar occurs at the start of Ghost Ranch, inspired by paintings by the always marvelous Georgia O'Keefe. Both this latter work and Sunset Strip are triptychs in the grand tradition of Ives (Three Places in New England) and Debussy (La mer).

Route 66, by contrast, is a seven-minute cross-country travelogue,
Read more and one of Daugherty's best-known works (after the expansive Metropolis Symphony). Marin Alsop has established herself as a champion of Daugherty's music, and performs all of it with obvious commitment. The Bournemouth orchestra, particularly its brass section (horns and trumpets), makes the most of the numerous solo opportunities that Daugherty offers the players. Naxos' engineers do an excellent job capturing the music's wide range of colors and, in Time Machine, its spacial elements. No reservations whatever--this is just excellent.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Route 66 by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 
2. Ghost Ranch by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2006 
3. Sunset Strip by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
4. Time Machine by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2003 

Sound Samples

Route 66
Ghost Ranch: I. Bone
Ghost Ranch: II. Above Clouds
Ghost Ranch: III. Black Rattle
Sunset Strip: I. 7 PM
Sunset Strip: II. Nocturne
Sunset Strip: III. 7 AM
Time Machine: I. Past
Time Machine: II. Future

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