ÉRIC TANGUY (b.1968): Adagio for Strings, HANS-JOACHIM HESPOS (b.1938): Papillon, FPOI, BRETT DEAN (b.1961): Between Moments, MAGNUS LINDBERG (b.1958): Purcell Variation, STEVEN STUCKY (b.1949): Fanfare for Los Angeles, BACH/ELGAR: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537 and works by Beethoven and Gluck.
Catalogue Number: 01L103
Description: An interesting program, featuring several world premieres, including Lindberg's 2002 Purcell Variation, tonal, accessible and rather undemonstrative for this orchestral pyrotechnician, and Dean's Between Moments, in the composer's characteristic eclectic style, with elements of minimalist propulsiveness and long-arching string melody. Two pieces by Hespos are included, recorded live with what sounds like Cagean 4'33"-ish noises off, and vocalizations from the ensemble as well as the composer's usual noise textures and extended playing techniques, and maybe recorded 'found sounds' as well (the complete absence of any form of booklet or notes is a bit frustrating, but there is probably information to be had on the internet for those so inclined). Tanguy's Adagio is very tonal and lushly neo-romantic, with a turbulent central section flanked by music of uneasy repose and ultimately, complete serenity. Speaking of Romanticism, Elgar's full-blooded take on Bach is always a pleasure, even if neither fashionable nor particularly rare repertoire at this point in history. Stucky's fanfare is brief and gestural, sounding like a mosaic of fragments of Stravinskyan neoclassicism. Orange County High School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Russell.