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FORTMANN - GRAINGER - LIEUWEN - NELSON
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT
MOORES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF HOUSTON
conducted by FRANZ ANTON KRAGER

Among the orchestras run by academic institutions, that of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Texas, is among the most accomplished and is of a very high professional standard. Here they present for new works, all of which are very approachable, enjoyable and varied – from the dynamic Etruria Symphony of Swiss composer Thomas Fortmann) to the lovely new orchestration of Percy Grainger’s pastoral ‘Lincolnshire Posy’

 

CD DURATION:  70:35

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Lincolnshire Posy: The Brisk Young Sailor




dealer release date: 11 September 2015
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CD program:

Thomas Fortmann:
Symphony No. 2 ("Etruria")
Robert Nelson:
Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra *
Peter Lieuwen:
Astral Blue
Percy Grainger:
A Lincolnshire Posy **


* soloist: Andrzej Grabiec

** orchestrated by Merlin Patterson
review extracts: for full reviews click here

“ This is an impressive collection of new music [and] one new transcription. The quality of the recording is superb and reveals all the light, shade and colour of these works. The liner-notes, written by the composers, are extremely helpful in giving a concise account of each work. [The orchestra] give an excellent and accomplished performance of all these varied works. I enjoyed every piece, but my discovery has to be Peter Lieuwen's imaginative and very beautiful Astral Blue .” - John France (MusicWeb)

“This interesting CD from US label Métier shows how varied the levels in the field of neotonal music are today. [Peter Lieuwen] writes wonderfully inspired, really good music that is modern in the best sense… One can hardly resist this Grainger composition. It is simply enchanting, if it does perhaps not constitute "great music" in the strict sense. But it counts on the other hand also as the best "light" music that I can imagine. In short, this album is a half-magnificent affair, but the half that can be called "magnificent" is so great that I actually can only recommend buying the CD. And from Moores Symphony Orchestra I'd like to hear more soon. This is a really great ensemble!” – Grete Catus (The New Listener, Germany)

“An attractive and enterprising collection of orchestral works. [Fortmann's piece] is an attractive symphony, beautifully orchestrated. [Nelson's Capriccio ]. is another most attractive work that is also finely orchestrated. There are some finely written instrumental passages in [Lieuwen's] lovely work. The Moores Symphony Orchestra under Franz Anton Krager bring some fine results in these often quite challenging works. They are very well recorded. There is a nicely produced booklet with excellent notes, composer details and photographs making this an excellent way to get to know works by these composers.” – Bruce Reader (The Classical Reviewer) 

“I'd call every work accessible, appealing, and, at its best, engrossing. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, with good, informative notes and up-to-date sound.” – Huntley Dent (Fanfare)

“Appealing music … . The playing level is high, the engagement strong: one can not require more.” - Remy Franck (Pizzicato)

“ Divine Art Records continue with their fascinating explorations of the byways of music with this very well played and recorded CD . Soloist Andrzej Grabiec is outstanding. [An] uncommonly interesting programme.” – Robert Matthew-Walker (Musical Opinion)
“This is a CD that you can play many times and appreciate in different ways each time. The artwork is eye-catching and distinctive; well done.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“The results [conductor Krager] obtains from his young people are remarkable, and serve all of these pieces very well. Highly recommended to anyone interested in new repertory.” - David deBoor Canfield (Fanfare)

“ Four world premieres on this worthy recording—two by Americans, one by a Swiss, and one American orchestration of a Percy Grainger fantasy. The Moores Symphony sounds terrific - lively and youthful, but also solid and round­ed. The recording is full-bodied, as illustrated by the big bass drum in the finale.” - Jack Sullivan (American Record Guide)