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Thomas: The Auditions / Various

Release Date: 05/01/2020 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6402  
Composer:  Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Ni MeiJessica AszodiYuan-Qing YuWeiJing Wang,   ... 
Conductor:  Vimbayi KaziboniCliff Colnot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Axiom Brass QuintetInternational Contemporary EnsembleThird Coast Percussion
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 8 in this series documenting Augusta Read Thomas' music, three major scores dominate, with 4 shorter works filling out this 80-minute sonic portrait of an inexhaustibly inventive and individual composer. The brass quintet Avian Capriccio is typically free-wheeling in its evocation of 3 contrasting types of birds, hummingbirds, swans and canaries. Scored for wordless soprano and string quartet, Plea for Peace acts as a single, seamless block beginning in near-immobility, with the voice animating the instruments as the music embarks on its slow, implacable progress. Even in a catalogue as multifarious as Thomas', the carillon piece Ripple Effects stands out as a one-off. Commissioned by Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago and devised in a Read more number of versions, sculpted for carillons of three sizes, requiring varying numbers of players. The ballet score The Auditions was written for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and with it, Thomas joins a distinguished company of composers who wrote scores for this seminal figure in modern dance. It is structured in 7 sections, with the auditions of the title being the even-numbered, action-packed sections, and the odd-numbered ones acting as slower, more otherworldly frames. That Two Thoughts About The Piano's title should be identical to a work by Elliott Carter is no accident, as Thomas' work is a response to the older composer's piece without actually quoting or even emulating Carter's music. We've already encountered Selene in a previous volume of this ongoing survey of Thomas' music, but it appears here in a wholly new dress. The original was for string and percussion quartets, but here the strings are replaced by a woodwind nonet in an arrangement by Cliff Colnot, thus preserving the original's harmonic richness. Bringing this collection to a close, Your Kiss sets a love poem by e.e. cummings for soprano and piano. Read less

Works on This Recording

Avian Capriccio by Augusta Read Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Axiom Brass Quintet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Children's Plea for Peace by Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Ni Mei (Violin), Jessica Aszodi (Soprano), Yuan-Qing Yu (Violin),
WeiJing Wang (Viola), Ken Olsen (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Ripple Effects by Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Joey Brink (Carillons), Michael Solotke (Carillons)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
The Auditions by Augusta Read Thomas
Conductor:  Vimbayi Kaziboni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Two Thoughts About the Piano by Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Daniel Pesca (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals) by Augusta Read Thomas
Conductor:  Cliff Colnot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
Your Kiss by Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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