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Julian Anderson is one of the UK's most exciting living composers. He has been described by The Times as 'a composer to cherish' and by the Evening Standard as 'one of the finest composers of his generation.' His work Harmony opened the 2013 BBC Proms and his opera Thebans will be premiered at English National Opera in May 2014. This season he also starts a three-year post as Composer in Residence at Wigmore Hall, and he's been the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Composer in Residence since 2010. This is the first album of his works performed by the orchestra, and includes one world premiere performance and two world premiere recordings. This world premiere performance of 'The Discovery of Heaven' won a 2012 Sky Arts Award in the Classical category. This disc is conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO's Principal Conductor; and young British conductor/composer Ryan Wigglesworth, who is rapidly making a name for himself on the international scene.

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"Neither effete nor vulgar, this might be just the new music you've been waiting for, its wow-factor surface fluency only part of the story." --David Gutman, Gramophone Choice, January 2014

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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth, Vladimir Jurowski
  • Composer: Julian Anderson
  • Audio CD (November 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LPO
  • ASIN: B00FRWBXKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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these three live performances will introduce Julian Anderson to most US listeners, and given the absence of notice at amazon, I doubt it will be a major event. Decades ago British audiences were reluctant to step into the 20th century beyond Vaughan Williams and Elgar, later adding Arnold and Walton but never abiding the Second Viennese School or even much Stravinsky. thanks to the BBC, this has changed; the roster of contemporary music at the summer Proms is heavy with modern music and world premieres. Anderson, now 46, hasn't risen to the status of Ades, Birtwistle, Turnage, and Maxwell Davies, but he's gotten as far as being composer in residence of the London Phil. since 2010.

Vladimir Jurowski has said in interviews that if he had his way, the LPO season would be entirely contemporary music; brave but rather callous words if he implies disrespect to the great composers of the past. One imagines that this disc, which is unlikely to sell well, bows to his predilections, as past releases of Turnage did. Here's the program of three works:
Fantasias
world premiere recording
Vladimir Jurowski, cond.
The Crazed Moon
Vladimir Jurowski, cond.
The Discovery of Heaven
world premiere recording & performance
Ryan Wigglesworth, cond.

Fantasias, in five brief movements, relies a great deal on twiddling and chirping sounds, which have a long tradition, of course, from the Beethoven Pastorale Sym. to the manybirdsong-decorated scores of Messiaen. Since my copy is a download, I don't know if Anderson had birds in mind; there is a restless chipping away in this music that irritated me after two or three movements.
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