Music for Large Ensemble
Two major compositions, from the acclaimed composer and electric guitar virtuoso Tim Brady, receive their premiere recordings on this CD. One is the driving, high-energy Désir: concerto for electric guitar and large chamber ensemble, and the other is the intensely harrowing, yet poignant, Eight Songs about: Symphony #7.
Allan Kozinn writes:
"As a composer, Brady is entirely of his time, which is to say, eclectically rooted in the full range of modern styles, from neo-Romanticism to experimentalism and Minimalism [as well as] art-rock."
The Landscape Scrolls
This premiere recording of Peter Garland’s 50-minutepiece The Landscape Scrolls continues his history as a maverick “composer of mesmerizing music” (Kyle Gann). Commissioned by percussionist John Lane, the work depicts the 24-hour day cycle in five movements.
John Luther Adams writes:
“The expressive power of this music comes not from the notes on the page, but from a deeper resonance, from the magical power of sound itself … A set of drums reconnects us with the ground beneath our feet. A few triangles become an enormous carillon, a nocturnal bell tower, a call to prayer in the temple of night. The gentle clanging of tubular bells becomes a morning chant, saluting the sun, greeting the new day. Listening to this music we are grounded again, we are filled with wonder … These are musical landscapes [but also] prayers for the seasons, the hours of night and day, prayers for humanity and for all life on this planet.”