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Kyr: Violin Concerto Trilogy

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  • Performer: Pacific Rim Gamelan Ensemble, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Denise Huizenga, Ron Blessinger
  • Conductor: Robert Kyr, Jeffrey Peyton
  • Composer: Robert Kyr
  • Audio CD (November 24, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Albion Records
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B000B6TRW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on September 16, 2008
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NOT all modern music is dark and despairing, though some is! NOT all modern music is impenetrable to untrained listeners!

Robert Kyr is as committed a modernist as any composer on the scene, but his music is remarkably accessible and enjoyable on first hearing. He isn't, to my ears, on what another reviewer has called a "spiritual" journey in music. He's not another Arvo Part, though like Part he has drawn inspiration from 'early music' and often collaborates with 'early music' ensembles. Kyr is above all a Humanist, emotionally committed to the transcendence of cultural boundaries - acoustical boundaries, in the application - and the 'harmonization' of humanity in a world of peace.

This Trilogy of violin concertos might well have been called a Triptych, analogous to a medieval painting of the three states of history. The first concerto - On the Nature of Love - is constructed on variations of the hymn tune 'What Wond'rous Love is This' and thus on archaic-sounding chords of fourths and fifths, Kyr declares in his notes that "the focus is on human love and the variations are grouped into four arcs of music that correspond to four phases of a relationship." Not about divine Love, in short, despite the text of its hymnal theme! The fourth arc, in Kyr's notes,is identified as "Celebrating" and, believe me, the music is celebratory! Exuberant! A joy to listen to! This concerto is composed well within the stylistic expectations of audiences that enjoy 19th Century classical performances.

The second concerto - On the Nature of Harmony - is composed for what Kyr calls a "world orchestra," a combination of Euro-American instruments and an Indonesian gamelan ensemble.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 21, 2007
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These three delightfully lyrical concerti, with themes respectively of love, harmony, and peace, are all distinct. The middle work is similar to the art of the late composer Lou Harrison, and indeed the canonic and the dance variations of Concerto No. 2 employ a gamelan ensemble as many of Harrison's works. However, Kyr is even more a romantic, and his sweet spiritual music soars and envelops the listener. Ron Blessinger's violin performance is a perfect match for these compositions. The first work on love is indeed amorous, but the third, regarding peace, is not so peaceful at first. It is the not the peace of spiritual or transcendent tranquility but one of aftermath. It must be hard fought to achieve, metaphorically. Drumming, clanging, and clamor give way to lamentation and reconciliation; it ends in resolve, solace, and, yes at last, peace. Robert Kyr, who is at home also in Early Music, is an excellent composer and I look forward to hearing more of his explorations. This particular recording will surprise you in how good it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Greenspan on March 2, 2008
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There is much good contemporary classical music being written these days and a good example is the work of composer Robert Kyr. His Violin Concerto Trilogy is delightful and worthy of your consideration. There are hints of Alan Hovhaness and Lou Harrison but the composer has his own voice. I can't decide which of the three I like best as they all have much to offer. There is some interesting percussion in the second concerto. With nothng to compare them to, I can't say if these are definitive performances but they seem committed. The productionn and sound quality are good and help make for a delightful CD. Kudos to small independent labels such as New Albion Records of San Francisco for making this music avaialble to us.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By frank lindemann on September 8, 2006
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I noticed Violin Concerto Trilogy hadn't been reviewed and it deserves to be. Kyr's music is intelligent, listenable and lovely. This and 'Unseen Rain' both deserve a much wider audience. I recommend both.
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