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AR Thomas: Aureole

Magazine article Gramophone

AR Thomas: Aureole

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AR Thomas [GC][GP]

Aureole (a). Carillon Sky (b). In My Sky at Twilight (c). Silver Chants the Litanies (d). Terpsichore's Dream (e). Words of the Sea (f) (c) Christine Brandes sop (d) Greg Heustis hn (b) Baird Dodge vn (d) Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble / Jack Delaney; (a) DePaul University Symphony Orchestra; (e) Chamber Orchestra / (ae) Cliff Colnot; (f) Chicago Symphony Orchestra; (bc) MusicNOW Ensemble / (cf) Pierre Boulez; (b) Oliver Knussen

Nimbus Alliance (F) NI6258 (80' * DDD) (f) Recorded live

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Despite the steady number of works that have appeared on various labels, Augusta Read Thomas (b1964) has not had the coverage her large and diverse output warrants, so this first of two discs from Nimbus could not be more welcome. The six pieces offer a viable perspective on her music over almost two decades, with the opening brace of orchestral works underlining the consistency of her thinking during that period. Thus Aureole (2013) is a sequence of fanfares both scintillating and evocative as it touches upon more inward emotions near its close, while Words of the Sea (1995) is a symphonic suite recalling the example (not the music) of two underrated post-war American figures Jacob Druckman and Donald Erb--in its purposeful and virtuoso progress towards a luminous apotheosis. …

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