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Levering

Magazine article Gramophone

Levering

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Levering Furies (a). II mare dentro (b). Drinking Songs (c). Partite sopra ciaccona (d). Parallel Universe (b) (c) Krista River mez (c) Franziska Huh, (c) Amanda Romano hps (cd) Donald Berman, (cd) John McDonald pfs (c) Scott Wheeler cond (b) Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose; (a) Sequitur/ Paul Hostetter New World (F) 80750-2 (53' x DDD)

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Arthur Levering has been active as a composer for more than three decades, during which time he has created works full of enchanting and vibrant soundscapes. This recording, performed to the dramatic hilt by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and other superb artists, focuses on pieces from the past decade, confirming his continued exploration of colourful territory.

All the works have titles suggesting a narrative but what's most intriguing is the composer's ability to maintain a constant flow of organically shaped material. Furies (2006), for example, rumbles and glistens, with Stravinsky-like wind textures and motoric rhythms, tolling of bells and ominous flourishes. …

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