Michael Daugherty is one of today's leading American composers. His previous recordings for Naxos have proved exceptionally successful, attracting many glowing critical comments and no fewer than seven GRAMMY® awards (see 8.559635, 8.559165 and 8.559798). Naxos is delighted to have another disc of his intriguing and highly attractive music on offer. It features three recently completed concertos, respectively for flute, tuba and percussion. It also boasts a rare line-up of female soloists and a release date that coincides with Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8).
GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores the relationships between machines, humanity and nature in three unique concertos. Dreamachine for solo percussion and orchestra is a colourful tribute to the imagination of inventors who dreamed of new machines, both real and surreal. The flute concerto Trail of Tears dramatises the tragic governmental forced relocation of Native Americans in 1838 and meditates on how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with adversity. Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra is a musical voyage down the legendary Mississippi River from Iowa to Louisiana. The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, delivers mesmerising performances by three outstanding women soloists: GRAMMY® Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flautist extraordinaire Amy Porter, and Carol Jantsch, the remarkable principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
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About the Artists
Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She recalls playing the first percussion concerto in the history of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992, paving the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concertos. With over 90 international awards to date, Glennie is also a leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, with more than 200 pieces to her name by many of the world’s most eminent composers.
Carol Jantsch has been principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006 and is the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra. In addition to her duties in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jantsch is a renowned soloist, and is on the faculty at the Yale University School of Music and Temple University’s Boyer College of Music.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Amy Porter held the position of associate principal flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1999 before becoming professor of flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. In 2006, she became the first performing artist at the University of Michigan to be named a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.
GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller is one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Through commissioning and recording new works for orchestra alongside innovative educational and community outreach initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading champions of American symphonic music and one of its most cutting-edge orchestras. In 2001, Miller won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming, and in 1999 ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.
As one of the eminent leaders of new American music, the Albany Symphony is establishing an enduring artistic legacy that is reshaping the nation’s musical future. The orchestra’s new music mission has earned it more ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming than any other orchestra in America, 26 to date, including the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, the orchestra embarked on its nationally acclaimed Water Music NY tour across New York State’s Erie Canal in celebration of the landmark waterway’s bicentennial.
Recommended concerto recordings in the spirit of Women's History Month
“John Corigliano’s amazingly inventive percussion concerto receives a first recording from Dame Evelyn Glennie, for whom it was composed. Glennie plays it with staggering virtuosity and the fascinating sounds that she conjures up from her battery of instruments are enhanced by the stunning realism with which the engineers have recorded the score.”
– MusicWeb International
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos • Violin Sonata in F Minor Yang • Descharmes • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä • Gallois
“In Tianwa Yang we find an artist of exceptional technique and musicianship. Above all, her tone, particularly at the extremes, on the E and G strings, is heart-meltingly beautiful…impeccable technique throughout.”
– BBC Music Magazine★★★★★
Listen to an extract from Violin Concerto in E minor:
III. Allegro molto vivace
“Tuck is dazzlingly articulate and secure in the countless runs and fast passagework Czerny asks of her… I have nothing but praise for the artists involved in this production, and the Naxos recording is excellent.”
– MusicWeb International
Listen to an extract from Grand Piano Concerto
in A minor:
III. Rondo: Allegro con anima
“The technical accomplishment of Kliegel’s playing is balanced by a richness of musical insight that won’t disappoint. The boldness of the opening soliloquy [of the Elgar concerto] recalls du Pré at her finest, and yet Kliegel shares a yet deeper cup of grief in the world-weariness of the main first subject, carried with noble conviction.”
Listen to an extract from Elgar's Cello Concerto:
II. Lento – Allegro molto
“Strongly recommended for its soaring performances, in lively recorded sound. Fanny Clamagirand seems to have all the prerequisites for a strong violinistic personality—at least as strong as Grumiaux’s or Stern’s.”
Listen to an extract from Violin Concerto No. 3:
III. Molto moderato e maestoso