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Aspects of America

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberPTC5186727
Release date2018-09-07


Aspects of America presents a fascinating collection of 20th- and 21st-century American orchestral music, ranging from “good old” Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs to pieces by esteemed living composers such as Sean Shepherd (Magiya), Sebastian Currier (Microsymph) and Christopher Rouse (Supplica).

Centerpiece of this album is Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch’s Aspects of an Elephant, inspired by the timeless parable of six men who try to discern the traits of an elephant in a pitchdark room, eventually discovering that only the sum of their perceptions encompasses the full truth. In a similar way, the pieces featured on this album constitute a rich panorama of the dynamism and diversity of contemporary American composition.

Bunch’s piece is dedicated to the members of the Oregon Symphony, who release their fifth album with PENTATONE, after Music for a Time of War (2011), This England (2012), Spirit of the American Range (2015) and Haydn Symphonies 53, 64 & 96 (2017). On Aspects of America, they again play under the spirited leadership of music director Carlos Kalmar.
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$ 20.33
Extra material for download
  Composer: Shepherd, Sean
01 Magiya (Live) 07:14 $ 1.95 USD
  Composer: Currier, Sebastian
02 Microsymph (Live) 12:33 $ 3.39 USD
  Composer: Rouse, Christopher
03 Supplica (Live) 14:11 $ 3.83 USD
  Composer: Bunch, Kenji
  Aspects of an Elephant 21:45
04 Aspects of an Elephant: Introduction. Into Darkness (Live) 02:18 $ 0.62 USD
05 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 1, The Elephant Is a Whip
01:44 $ 0.47 USD
06 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 2, The Elephant Is a Spear
01:38 $ 0.44 USD
07 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 3, The Elephant Is a Silk Cloth
02:30 $ 0.68 USD
08 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 4, The Elephant Is a Tree
02:02 $ 0.55 USD
09 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 5, The Elephant Is a Snake
01:43 $ 0.46 USD
10 Aspects of an Elephant: Var. 6, The Elephant Is a Throne
01:55 $ 0.52 USD
11 Aspects of an Elephant: The Argument (Live) 01:34 $ 0.42 USD
12 Aspects of an Elephant: Finale. The Creature Revealed (Live) 06:21 $ 1.71 USD
  Composer: Barber, Samuel
  Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for orchestra) 19:34
13 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): I. Waltz [Live] 04:05 $ 1.10 USD
14 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): II. Schottische
02:24 $ 0.65 USD
15 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): III. Pas de deux
04:38 $ 1.25 USD
16 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): IV. Two-Step
01:53 $ 0.51 USD
17 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): V.
Hesitation-Tango [Live]
03:52 $ 1.04 USD
18 Souvenirs, Op. 28 (Version for Orchestra): VI. Galop [Live] 02:42 $ 0.73 USD
  Album total 75:17
ComposerBarber, Samuel
Bunch, Kenji
Currier, Sebastian
Rouse, Christopher
Shepherd, Sean
OrchestraOregon Symphony
ConductorKalmar, Carlos

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