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There's no sleight of hand here, simply a monumental meeting of minds: composer John Corigliano's engaging and imaginative concept comes face-to-face with solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie's supreme skill in the execution of Conjurer.

Naxos 8.559757
John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938)
Conjurer* • Vocalise

Evelyn Glennie, percussion*
Hila Plitmann, soprano

Electronics produced and performed by Mark Baechle
Albany Symphony • David Alan Miller

Leading American composer John Corigliano had reservations about writing a percussion concerto, but the challenge fascinated him. The result is Conjurer, a concerto for percussion like no other, in which ‘wood, metal and skin’ are utilised in such a way that the soloist, Dame Evelyn Glennie – the world’s greatest percussion virtuoso – ‘conjures’ the musical material from these three choirs, and the orchestra then shares and develops the themes. Vocalise employs electronics in a way that serves to heighten the expressive beauty of the writing, gradually leading the listener from a purely acoustic experience to one that becomes suffused by amplification and electronics.

About the Artists

John Corigliano
Evelyn Glennie
David Alan Miller
Albany Symphony
John Corigliano is one of America's most widely acclaimed composers. Among his many distinctions are the Pulitzer Prize in Music, awarded in 2001 for his Symphony No. 2; the Academy Award for his score to the 1999 film The Red Violin, four Grammy awards and the Grawemeyer Award for his Symphony No. 1.

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history successfully to create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers.

David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. As Music Director of the Albany Symphony, a position he has held since 1992, David Alan Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder.

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