“The National Orchestral Institute [NOI] brings together many of the very best young musicians in America for one month each summer. I was honored to be asked to join them for their inaugural recording on the Naxos record label.
The recording includes Michael Torke’s seminal “color” piece from 1985, Bright Blue Music, a gorgeous work that the New York Youth Symphony and I commissioned and premièred at Carnegie Hall more than thirty years ago. Encountering it again in this blazingly brilliant performance by the NOI musicians was the thrill of a lifetime.
John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 “Of Rage and Remembrance” is, in my estimation, THE great American symphony. I had the honor of working closely with John in preparing our performance, and I believe it captures all the drama, pathos and life-affirming passion of this monumental masterpiece.
One of the most radiant, lyrical works by John Corigliano’s mentor and friend, Aaron Copland, his Appalachian Spring, completes the disc.”
This is the first recording for Naxos by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, which is composed of elite conservatory students from across the United States and abroad. The chosen works reflect the richness and variety of the American repertoire. A work of immense poignancy and power, John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 is a commemoration of friends of the composer who died during the 1980s and ’90s. Michael Torke’s Bright BlueMusic evokes rich lyricism couched in the composer’s favorite key of D major. The suite from Copland’s AppalachianSpring is one of the great, quintessential American works.
Listen to an extract from Michael Torke's Bright Blue Music
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About the Artists
David Alan Miller has held the position of music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Accolades include Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.
The National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is formed each June from the musicians of the National Orchestral Institute. Rigorous international auditions have been held annually since 1988, through which these musicians of extraordinary talent are chosen and coalesce into one of the most dynamic orchestras in the country. Focused on becoming future musicians and leaders in the world of orchestras, its alumni now occupy important positions in virtually every major symphony in the United States.
David Alan Miller’s previous recordings on Naxos
“The performances are first-rate. ...David Alan Miller [is] a conductor very much at home in contemporary American repertoire.”
Listen to an extract from John Corigliano's Conjuror:
“[Soprano] Talise Trevigne is nothing less than sensational. She is assured in her presentation, and possesses a warm and, yes, voluptuous soprano that is perfectly matched to this material. Her performance shows a level of commitment to the composer’s intentions that only the best singers of contemporary music can command.”
Listen to an extract from Christopher Rouse's Kabir Padavali:
No. 3. Bijak sabda 55
“The Albany Symphony Orchestra plays with a real kick, and David Alan Miller creates a snappy and wholly invigorating sound world…”
– Classical Net
Listen to an extract from Aaron Jay Kernis' 3 Flavors:
No. 3. Blue Whirl
“Tinoco creates varied atmospheres, sometimes quiet, other times hallucinatory, spectral, but also gravitational, that keep the listener in a state of animated suspension.”
Listen to an extract from Luis Tinoco's Search Songs: