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MMC Orchestral Miniatures, Vol. 4


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  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mmc Records
  • ASIN: B00000IB0W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Winter Overture, for orchestra
2. Hiroshima Idyll, for orchestra
3. Meditation No. 1, for orchestra
4. Forests of the Night, for violin & orchestra
5. Morning Gigue, for orchestra
6. Midwest Symphony: Prince
7. Marmures, for viola & orchestra
8. TGV, for orchestra
9. A Calling Card from Charlottesville, for orchestra
10. Willows Weeping in a Mist, for orchestra
11. Pastiche for orchestra

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dpatton@azstarnet.com on May 9, 1999
MMC ORCHESTRAL MINIATURES - VOLUME IV
A Listener's Review
This remarkable CD is a sampler - a buffet, if you will - of 11 works by modern American composers of classical music. It shows that modern American "classical" creation is not only alive and well, but vigorous. Many of the composers are still young and will no doubt be able to contribute yet more to the musical literature. It's fun to listen to, the pieces are all fairly brief, and the variety is outstanding. This CD would make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys classical music and is not afraid of a little harmonic and rhythmic spice. It's also a good CD to listen to in your car.
The CD starts out with what in my opinion is the most enjoyable piece, Eddie Phoon's "Winter Overture." Despite its title it conveys considerable warmth, and above all, a boundless energy. It opens with its first theme, an epic fanfare. The flute leads over a bridge to the second theme, a rising sequence in the high violins. With sudden harsh dissonances and energetic rhythmic patterns the two themes are played against each other, with wide tonal ranges from deep bass to piccolo. Every return has unexpected and delightful variations; the brass is satisfyingly full, and the short piece ends with a no-nonsense ending. This is one track I set on "repeat."
This is not to minimize the exciting musical variety in the other works. Paul Joslin's "Hiroshima Idyll" briefly touches on Hiroshima before and after the bombing, with wistful evocations and modern-harmony variations on oriental themes. Peter Sacco's "Meditation #1" is more conventional; its occasional introspective dissonances have something for every instrument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this set of 11 pieces of modern classical music. All of the music is accessible to the unsophisticated ear. The people who put the CD together did a wonderful "bookending"-job by putting the two best pieces first and last. Mr. Phoon's Winter Ouverture made me think of Holst's Planets and Williams's Star Wars music. Mr. Biggs's Pastiche is undiluted fun in trying to discover all the themes and composers on which his work is based. Very highly recommended CD.
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By A Customer on April 16, 1999
The opening track by composer Ediie Phoon is the best (I can see why it's the first track of the CD)! His composition style shows fresh ideas of eraly American revival still exists in modern classical writing these days.
Mona Lyn Resse's composition is really interesting, encompassing Hip-Hop and R&B styles in her writing. Who says Classical music isn't intersting these days?
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By A Customer on July 3, 1999
A wonderful collection of works that appeals to a wide audience. Of particular interest to me was "Winter Overture" by Eddie Phoon. If this is only the beginning for Mr. Phoon, I eagerly await his future works.
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