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Ruders: Offred Suite, Tundra, Symphony No. 3 "Dream Catcher" / Yoo, Phillips, Odense Symphony Orchestra

Ruders / Phillips / Odense Sym Orch / Yoo
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9382   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Poul Ruders
Performer:  Susanna Phillips
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc presents the premiere recordings of two major Poul Ruders orchestral scores. Offred Suite is a suite of the five major arias from Ruders's greatest international success, the opera, The Handmaid's Tale. Ruders has structured the music in Offred Suite to flow continuously, so that the overall effect is that of a monodrama. Singing the role of Offred is the brilliant young soprano of Metropolitan Opera fame, Susanna Phillips. Ruders's Symphony No. 3 'Dream Catcher' is a 30-minute long work in two interconnected movements. After a stormy introduction, the music dissolves into the main movement, a long-breathed Adagio sognante. This dreamlike movement connects to a Scherzo prestissimo, a movement which annotator Malcolm MacDonald Read more describes as: "a tour-de-force of virtuoso orchestral writing, a teeming, yelping, squealing, buzzing, chittering, whooping riot of sound."

The performances by the Odense Symphony under conductor Scott Yoo are nothing short of spectacular. Volume Six of Bridge's Ruders series (BRIDGE 9336) was Grammy-nominated, and Volume Seven (BRIDGE 9375) has been chosen as Editor's Choice by Gramophone. - Bridge Records
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Works on This Recording

Offred Suite by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Susanna Phillips (Soprano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Notes: Subtitled: "Arias, Interludes and Postlude from the opera The Handmaid's Tale" 
Tundra by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Denmark 
Notes: Subtitled: "Hommage á Jean Sibelius" 
Symphony no 3 "Dream Catcher" by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra

Sound Samples

Offred Suite: I. My Story...
Offred Suite: II. What was that?
Offred Suite: III. Ev'ry Moon
Offred Suite: IV. I would like
Offred Suite: V. Whether this is...
Offred Suite: VI. Postlude
Symphony No. 3, "Dreamcatcher": I. Alla breve con brio - Adagio sognante
Symphony No. 3, "Dreamcatcher": II. Scherzo prestissimo

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