JOAN TOWER: MADE IN AMERICA
2008 GRAMMY Award Winner: Classical Album, Orchestral Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
Two of the works recorded here are world premiere recordings: "Made in America" and "Tambor." The first uses "America the Beautiful" as its first melodic theme, and bits of it appear throughout the work. Tower interweaves the melodic fragments with many other original tunes, and she colors the work in what could be called the American idiom, with wide-open spaces. There is a central section of a darker nature, but the work ends in glory. "Tambor" is dominated by percussion of all kinds – drums, blocks, etc. – and is an exciting, propulsive work. There are long periods of solos for percussion instruments that act almost as mini-cadenzas. The Concerto for Orchestra is a terrific work that uses the sections of the orchestra as solos, duets and in bunches. Standout moments are a remarkable tuba solo, a dueling duet for trumpets, and a part for the cellos alone. It's a flavorful, fascinating work. Leonard Slatkin leads the Nashville Symphony in excellent performances.
The Following Tracks Appear On The Disc...
Made in America, for orchestra
Tambor, for orchestra
Concerto for orchestra: Part One
Concerto for orchestra: Part Two
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