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Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1; Lieberson: Neruda Songs / Spano

Lieberson / Theofanidis / Oconnor / Aso / Spano
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Aso Media (Label)   Catalog #: 1002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Chris TheofanidisPeter Lieberson
Performer:  Kelley O'Connor
Conductor:  Robert Spano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Demonstrating ASO Music Director Robert Spano's enduring commitment to new music, ASO Media presents a stirring pairing of compositions by 21st century composers. Both works are about emotional journeys. The Symphony, by Atlanta School composer Christopher Theofanidis, was created in response to momentous events in the composer's personal life. Not unlike other composers (Beethoven, for example), personal crises inspire strong artistic reactions. Such is the case with the Theofanidis Symphony.

The Neruda Songs are a similar example of such a journey. Since this work was written and premiered, both the composer and his Muse (Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, for whom he wrote the work) have passed away from cancer. When writing the
Read more piece, Mr. Lieberson and Ms. Hunt had already been through one bout of cancer (hers) and these songs were written in the knowledge that they might be valedictory compositions. They were; first for her and now for him.
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 by Chris Theofanidis
Conductor:  Robert Spano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Neruda Songs by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Spano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Customer Reviews

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 Best disk of new music I bought this year. March 28, 2014 By John Morrow (Atlanta, GA) See All My Reviews "Some of the reviewers I have read rolled their eyes because the Theofanidis it sounds like an orchestra show-peice. That is their criticism. I completely agree & hope the ASO performs again in the near future. Also: http://sybariticsinger.com/2011/08/02/cdreview/" Report Abuse
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