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Danielpour: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Zinman, Pittsburgh


Release Date: 04/15/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62822   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Danielpour
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Danielpour's "Concerto for Orchestra" was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."
Richard Danielpour is one of several American composers to emerge in the 1990s with an eclectic tonal style that makes no bones about its aim to please. He is also not shy about the derivative nature of his music, calling himself "an assimilator" who "will take an idea that may resemble another composer's and mull over it until it becomes something else." He cites Copland, Shostakovich, Britten, Bartók and Stravinsky as favorites but his own work, with its big romantic gestures and easily digested rhythms is less confrontational than theirs. It is meant to entertain, impress, soothe, not to provoke, and it
Read more succeeds on all of these fronts.
The 'Concerto for Orchestra' demonstrates Danielpour's chops as a colorist as well as his flair for steady pounding beats, rather as if the 'Miraculous Mandarin' wandered into 'West Side Story.' 'Anima Mundi' is a ballet score depicting the four seasons. It opens with a seven note motif which, amusingly, is the same as that for Borodin's 'In the Steppes of Central Asia,' then moves into upbeat John Adams territory for a while before settling into a mood of somber reflection. The very good, natural sounding recordings were made under the composer's supervision. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Orchestra "Zoroastrian Riddles" by Richard Danielpour
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Anima Mundi by Richard Danielpour
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 27 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

1. Agitato, (with urgency and rhythmic intensity)
2. Scherzando, (playfully)
3. Adagio non troppo
4. Con moto, ben misurato
1. Musica Verna
2. Lacrimae Rerum
3. Nox Tenebroso
4. Lux Hiberna

Customer Reviews

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 Simply Terrific May 12, 2012 By paul m. (east northport, NY) See All My Reviews "This is the 2nd CD I purchased of Danielpour music and it is a terrific disc, loaded with brilliant passages and excellent sounds. I highly recommend this to all serious listeners of contemporary music." Report Abuse
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