STEVEN STUCKY (b.1949): Second Concerto for Orchestra, Pinturas de Tamayo for Orchestra, Spirit Voices for Percussionist and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05L106
Description: Voices is an exuberant virtuosic display-piece beginning with an extended cadenza for the soloist. Each movement evokes a different local traditional deity from various locations around the world, and each has a distinct and contrasting character, with various percussion instruments providing local color and atmosphere. Sonorous evocations of the mysterious night, dawn, and ritual dances in an inventively orchestrated, tonality-based vocabulary render this an attractive and inventive work. Pinturas pays tribute to Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) in five movements, each evoking a different painting, with the same vividness of musical evocation of atmosphere and character, color and movement displayed in the concerto. A composer so completely at home with orchestral forces might be expected to shine in the Concerto for Orchestra genre, and Stucky's second such work, written for the L.A. Philharmonic's first season at Disney Hall, and full of references, tributes and encoded musical monograms, is an energetic showpiece of considerable power and constant invention, fully exploiting the resources of a large orchestra and achieving originality of expression without ever resorting to superficial effects. An 'overture' is followed by a set of variations, tonal throughout but with many unexpected nuances and inflections, and a vigorous finale. Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui.