Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Kevin Puts To Touch the Sky composition (which includes music for an Emily Brontë poem) has been released on CD by Harmonia Mundi with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra directed by no other than Marin Alsop (who recently conducted the Last Night of the Proms):
Kevin Puts: To Touch the Sky, If I Were a Swan, Symphony No. 4
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Conspirare Ensemble: Craig Hella Johnson
Label: Aperto Press
Harmonia Mundi
Release date: 2013-09-10

Duplicated from (harmonia mundi Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop "Kevin Puts: To Touch the Sky, If I Were a Swan, Symphony No. 4") Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts (born 1972) is known for his distinctive and richly colored musical voice. Making their label début, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform Kevin Puts' Symphony No.4 ("From Mission San Juan"), inspired by Native American melodies. Opening this program of world première recordings, Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in two choral settings of texts by women poets: "To Touch the Sky" and "If I Were a Swan".
Emily Brontë is one of the poets and At Castle Wood is the poem chosen. In the CD booklet we read:
Emily Brontë’s ‘At Castle Wood’ offers a dark midpoint to the work as, riven with poignant harmonies, the music struggles towards resolution.  (Gavin Plumley)


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