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Fifth Volume in the critically acclaimed series of CD's devoted to new works by living composers. Volume Five was recorded in Kiev with the legendary Kiev Philharmonic conducted by Robert Ian Winstin.

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Disc 1:

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listen  1. The Sky About to Open 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Prelude to a Tragedy11:46Album Only
listen  3. Anagoge12:20Album Only
listen  4. Front Porch Rondo 8:42Album Only
listen  5. Primum Mobile10:44Album Only
listen  6. Ballade11:04Album Only
listen  7. Polarities 8:51Album Only

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listen  2. Copland Calling 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Petit Cirque12:30Album Only
listen  4. Broken17:00Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 1: Scherzo 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New Dawn 9:57Album Only
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Kiev Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Robert Ian Winstin
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (March 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ERM Media
  • ASIN: B00091QRUW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Son of Some Guy on August 2, 2012
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I have found the Masterworks for a New Era cd series to be hit or miss: this particular volume was a miss. Very conventional-sounding music for the most part, with not too much of a "new era" quality about them. There were a couple of works of ineterst here, though. The "Petit Cirque" of Max Simoncic was a fun and catchy piece, that could have been written 100 years ago. The piece is a collection of scenes from a travelling circus. Very entertaining, and the catchy main theme stays in one's head. "Broken" by Mike Barnett refers to a psychological state. It's an abstract autobiographical piece of crisis and self-destruction. Barnett was inspired by a line from Steinbeck: "Most men, in their search for contentment, destroy themselves and fall wearily short of thier goals." Interesting piece, though I think it falls short of it's goals as well.

A frustrating thing about this series is that they often present just one or two movements of a larger work. The Scherzo from Floyd Barnes' Symphony 1 is an example here. One can't get an appreciation of the piece out of context. Considering that works with multiple movements are the norm rather than exception in classical music, I think ERM is passing over alot of new symphonies and quartets, etc, to cram as many single movement pieces on these discs as possible.
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