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David Alan Miller © Gary Gold

“It was a great privilege to record these three essential American masterworks with the astounding young musicians of the National Orchestral Institute. They play not only with passion and precision, but also with a depth of maturity and sophistication which belies their youth.

John Harbison’s mighty Fourth Symphony is a big, bold, jazz-hued, deeply personal statement by one of our most important American symphonists; Steven Stucky’s luminous Second Concerto for Orchestra is a riveting exploration of sonority and sound painting by a beloved American colorist; and Carl Ruggles’ rugged masterpiece from the early 20th century is an overwhelming, uncompromising, granite-hued tone poem by one of our most original musical iconoclasts.”

David Alan Miller, conductor

Orchestral Music - RUGGLES, C. / STUCKY, S. / HARBISON, J.
John HARBISON (b. 1938)
Symphony No. 4
Carl RUGGLES (1876–1971)
Steven STUCKY (1949–2016)
Second Concerto for Orchestra

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • David Alan Miller

This is the third recording in a multi-year partnership between the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and Naxos to release one album of American music each year. A study in dramatic contrasts,
Carl Ruggles’ Sun-Treader is an overwhelming, granite-hued tone poem by one of New England’s most original and uncompromising composers. Steven Stucky’s luminous Pulitzer Prize-winning Second Concerto for Orchestra is a riveting exploration of sonority and soundpainting while John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony is a big, bold, jazz-imbued work by one of America’s most important living symphonists.

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About the Artists
David Alan Miller © Gary Gold
GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder and masterful interpreter of American contemporary music. In 2001 he won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming, and in 1999 ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic © Geoff Sheil
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. These musicians of extraordinary talent are chosen through rigorous international auditions and coalesce into one of the most dynamic orchestras in the country. Focused on creating future musicians and leaders in the world of orchestras, its alumni now occupy important positions in virtually every major symphony orchestra in the United States.
Previous recordings with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
“The NOIP plays magnificently and recording engineer Antonino D’Urzo provides a luxuriant but transparent soundstage.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★★
“It’s as impressive as its predecessor in terms of the quality of orchestral execution,
and perhaps even more valuable in its choice of repertoire.”
More recordings featuring David Alan Miller
Conjurer • Vocalise

Glennie • Plitmann
Albany Symphony • Miller
“David Alan Miller’s Albany players gleam under the solo spotlight that Corigliano often shines on them and also respond with plenty of whump.”
International Record Review
Anasa • True Colors • Unforgettable

Krakauer • Berlin • Fang • Kim
Albany Symphony • Miller
“All the performances are exceptional, from the soloists and from David Alan Miller’s Albany Symphony, which has become America’s beacon for new music.”
Dreamachine • Trail of Tears
Reflections on the Mississippi

Glennie • Porter • Jantsch
Albany Symphony • Miller
“What we have here are three spanking new concertos, for flute, solo percussion and tuba respectively. Daugherty at his inimitable and engaging best; don’t hesitate.”
MusicWeb International
“This is a magnificent recording of significant 20th-century American orchestral works.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★★
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