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Music For A Time Of War / Carlos Kalmar, Oregon Symphony

Ives / Adams / Britten / Oregon Symphony / Kalmar
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186393   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles IvesJohn AdamsBenjamin BrittenRalph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The Oregon Symphony under Carlos Kalmar performed this striking program titled "Music for a Time of War" on their Carnegie Hall debut. These profound and moving works spoke musically directly to the audience and made an indelible impression.

"A vivid, often wrenching program." - New York Times

Music for a Time of War, a PentaTone Classics album featuring the Oregon Symphony under Carlos Kalmar, brings together four powerful, moving compositions that in some way were inspired by war, conflict, and strife. While many albums bring together the wealth of music written during or immediately
Read more following the Second World War, Kalmar's program is more varied and is made quite successful because of it. The disc opens with Ives' solitary, isolating Unanswered Question, which, though not directly brought about by a war, nevertheless addresses conflict within the score. Walt Whitman's wrenching account of his medical duties during the Civil War is set to great effect by John Adams. Baritone Sanford Sylvan's performance here is as gripping as Whitman's words: deep, resonant tone, clear diction, and a seamless blend with the orchestra characterize Sylvan's singing. More directly inspired by specific military events is militaristic and evocative Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem. The program closes with Vaughan Williams Fourth Symphony which, though completed in 1931, the composer denied it being any sort of depiction of military buildup. Perhaps in retrospect we find things in the sometimes savage, frenzied score that remind us of the events of the time. Throughout the disc, Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony prove they can easily stand alongside the world's great orchestras. Their sound is powerful and engaging, their technique is polished and effortless, and the intricate control of balance makes listening quite enjoyable. This is certainly a disc worth investigating.

- Mike D. Brownell, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 5/2011 
Venue:  Live Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Or 
2.
The Wound-Dresser by John Adams
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 5/2011 
Venue:  Live Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Or 
3.
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 5/2011 
Venue:  Live Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Or 
4.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
Date of Recording: 5/2011 
Venue:  Live Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Or 

Sound Samples

The Unanswered Question
The Wound-Dresser
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: I. Lacrymosa
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: II. Dies Irae
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: III. Requiem aeternam
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: IV. Finale con epilogo fugato: Allegro molto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Staggering program in beautiful recorded sound. March 9, 2013 By Olin Williams (Hillsboro, OR) See All My Reviews "This is, simply put, one of the finest albums to come out in years -- and the OSO and Kalmar were invited to perform the program at Carnegie Hall. If you haven't heard this one, check it out! Astonishingly lifelike recorded sound lets you experience the unique sound of the OSO, which has improved so very much in the last few years. Kalmar has really whipped them into shape! One might think this would not be an album to listen to all in one sitting, but it is so enjoyable I have done it quite a lot." Report Abuse
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