Daugherty: Dreamachine, Trail of Tears, Reflections on the Mississippi
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Audio CD, March 1, 2018
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Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores the relationships between machines, humanity and nature in three unique concertos. Dreamachine for solo percussion and orchestra is a colorful tribute to the imagination of inventors who dreamed of new machines, both real and surreal. The flute concerto Trail of Tears dramatizes the tragic governmental forced relocation of Native Americans in 1838 and meditates on how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with adversity. Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra is a musical voyage down the legendary Mississippi River from Iowa to Louisiana. The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, delivers mesmerizing performances by three outstanding women soloists: Grammy Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flutist extraordinaire Amy Porter, and Carol Jantsch, the remarkable principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
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The Albany Symphony and solo artists play to perfection. And, what fantastic specialists they are, who work with Michael Daugherty. He composes not only to the subject he studies and musically illustrates, but he also stretches the abilities of the soloist and their instrument by his creative complexities.
Inside the cover, read the composer notes and view the photos. All of this is provided to give the listener an opportunity to know the intention and development of each piece.
Then, let Amy Porter, Evelyn Glennie, Carol Jantsch and the Albany Symphony bring to life the message of tragic Native American history, or, surprising mechanical imagery, or, a mindful, reflective river trip. Highly recommended.
- Gigi Nelson