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Gill: Before the Wresting Tides

Magazine article Gramophone

Gill: Before the Wresting Tides

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Gill Before the Wresting Tides (a). Notturno concertante (b). Serenada concertante (c) (c) Erin Hannigan ob (b) Chris Grymes c/ (a) Ching-Yun Hu pf (a) Marsh Chapel Choir; Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose BMOP/sound (F) [SACD] 1055 (57' * DDD * T)

The music of the past is of near endless fascination to Jeremy Gill (b1975) and, while in no sense a pastiche composer, many of his works illustrate that fascination and highlight the context into which they fit. The three works on this involving Boston Modern Orchestra Project disc have this trait in common to greater or lesser degrees.

Before the Wresting Tides was written in 2012 as a companion piece to Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, for performances in Philadelphia early the following year. Although using similar forces to Beethoven's, Gill made no attempt to write in a Beethovenian manner and his cantata (setting verses by Hart Crane) is structured very differently. The core of the work is the five stanzas of Crane's 'Voyages II', alternating the chorus with duets for soloists within the main body of singers; this is then framed and punctuated by piano, the orchestra accompanying throughout. …

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