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Puts: If I Were a Swan

Magazine article Gramophone

Puts: If I Were a Swan

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If I Were a Swan (a). To Touch the Sky (a).

Symphony No 4, 'From Mission San Juan' (b)

(a) Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson;

(b) Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop

Harmonia Mundi [F] HMU90 7580 (60' * DDO * T)

(b) Recorded live, June 2012


Choral songs and a symphony from Pulitzer-winning Puts

With the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music under his belt (for his debut opera, Silent Night), all ears are turned towards American composer Kevin Puts this year. This release is the first disc devoted solely to his music--a many-coloured collage of live and session recordings, choral and orchestral works.

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra make persuasive champions for Puts's Symphony No 4. Recorded live in June last year, it's the first of the composer's symphonies to be commercially released. Puts's tonal language has a narrative directness that is a natural fit for a programmatic work exploring the history of San Juan Bautista, the so-called 'Mission of Music' in California. …

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