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Western Orpheus & Other Works

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra , Ward-Steinman , Amos Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Amos
  • Composer: Ward-Steinman
  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fleur De Son
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fleur de Son is proud to announce another stuffing contribution to their repertoire with yet another world premiere recording from award-winning composer David Ward-Steinman.

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This superb cd is a long-awaited follow-up to the other two fine fine cd's of David
Ward-Steinman's chamber{Borubudur} from 1999,and orchestral{3 Concertos}from 2000.
It definitely was worth the wait!
These highly original and unique compositions,2 for orchestra,1 for chamber ensemble,1 for soprano,narrator and chamber ensemble,and one improvisational duo for clarinet and piano,are excellent well chosen examples of this composers eclectic.and listener-friendly style.
Mr. Ward-Steinman,who has been composing music since the 1950's, is a true American original,and one of the most"complete" composers, {as far as stylistic diversity},in this country,and in some ways like a modern-day Henry Cowell,but with even more diverse influences such as the use of electronic sound sources.
He started off as primarily a neo-romantic composer in the 1950's and early 60's,but in the late 60's started enhancing his musical palate with his invention of the Fortified Piano{a piano that is partially prepared with claves,etc,partially played on the strings with hands or mallets,and in the usual way on the keyboard,heard here on "The Tale of Issoumbochi",and "Western Orpheus",as well as electronic sound,heard on "Elegy For Astronauts",improvisation,heard on
"Free Improv. no.1,and gamelan-like,heard on "Moire",and other ethnic influences in other works such as Millenium Dances for percussion and orchestra,which uses percussion from Ireland.Bali and Africa,,and Night of the Winds for woodwind quintet which has the players also doubling on such instruments as bamboo and clay flutes and didjeridu.Live synthesizer can be heard on Chroma for keyboards and chamber orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy with This One! May 7, 2014
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This compilation of both stunning performance and compositional vision had me sitting before the loudspeakers, transfixed, as though watching an HD cinema!

From the emotionally moving "Elegy for Astronauts" with its compelling visual resonance, to the epic-scale "Western Orpheus" with its elegance and dramatic energy, DWS definitely delivers the goods!

Nested in the midst of these brilliant works is an incredible improvisational duet, recorded live on location, with clarinet professor James Campbell -- a mesmerizing example of what can happen when masters of their instruments "wing it!"

This CD is among my keepers, and leaves me suspecting that there may be a Superman after all (in the guise of David Ward-Steinman)! I would definitely recommend this for serious composers and performers, as well as for high-level music aficionados.

Jonathan Hartzell
Austin, TX
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