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Fussell, Yannatos, Wyner / Yannatos, Diaz, Et Al


Release Date: 08/27/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 516   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles FussellJames YannatosYehudi Wyner
Performer:  Andres Diaz
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

About his Symphony No. 5 James Yannatos writes: "Symphony No. 5: Sons et Lumiere (1991) derives its title from the sound and light shows so popular in France in which historical events related to a particular epoch, chateau, or monument are dramatized through the use of sound and light. The title alludes to past as well as to present events in which the political face of Europe and Africa is changing. On another level, Sons et Lumiere refers to vibrations and waves that move through real time and space in the form of sound and interplay between the various levels of musical sound and meaning, referring to our physical world as we live it, our sensory world as we see, hear and feel it, and our spiritual world as we attempt to comprehend it." Read more In May of every other year more than 900 cello lovers - from beginning cellists to esteemed cello soloists - congregate in Manchester, England for the International Cello Festival. The brain-child of cellist Ralph Kirschbaum, this festival features workshops, films, exhibitions, and performances by and for cellists. The Festival almost always features a premiere of a cello piece, and in 1994, Yehudi Wyner was commissioned to compose a piece for cello and orchestra. The result was the Prologue and Narrative for cello and orchestra, which Wyner himself describes: "Finding a title for the piece has been a difficult task. To call it a Concerto for Cello and Orchestra would be misleading, since the term "concerto" implies a form as well as a relationship. In general, my musical thinking is not comfortable with conventional modes of construction, nor does it rely on received conventions of form. While the music is constructed with great attention to contextual unity and formal coherence, it also strives for a sense of the informal, the improvisational, the spontaneous." Composer Charles Fussell was Artistic Director of New Music Harvest, Boston's first city-wide festival of contemporary music and Co-Founder and Director of the New England Composer's Orchestra. He is a member of the composition faculty at Boston University. His Symphony No. 5 was written in 1994-95 in memory of Virgil Thomson. The premiere was given November 1996 by the New Hampshire Symphony under the direction of James Bolle. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 by Charles Fussell
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1995; USA 
Venue:  Live  Sanders Theater, Harvard University, MA 
Length: 17 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 5 "Sons et Lumiere" by James Yannatos
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Venue:  Live  Sanders Theater, Harvard University, MA 
Length: 22 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Prologue and Narrative by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Andres Diaz (Cello)
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  Live  Sanders Theater, Harvard University, MA 
Length: 25 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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