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Aspects of America

Oregon Symphony Orchestra

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On Aspects of America, the Oregon Symphony again plays under the spirited leadership of music director Carlos Kalmar. Aspects of America presents a fascinating collection of 20th- and 21st-century American orchestral music, ranging from “good old” Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs to pieces by esteemed living composers such as Sean Shepherd (Magiya), Sebastian Currier (Microsymph) and Christopher Rouse (Supplica). 

The centerpiece of this album is Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch’s Aspects of an Elephant, inspired by the timeless parable of six men who try to discern the traits of an elephant in a pitchdark room, eventually discovering that only the sum of their perceptions encompasses the full truth. In a similar way, the pieces featured on this album constitute a rich panorama of the dynamism and diversity of contemporary American composition.

Bunch’s piece is dedicated to the members of the Oregon Symphony, who release their 4th album at the NativeDSD Music store.  Earlier DSD Stereo & DSD Multichannel recordings of Music for a Time of War (2011), This England (2012), Spirit of the American Range (2015) and Haydn Symphonies 53, 64 & 96 (2017) are linked below for your consideration and enjoyment.

 

 

Tracklist

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1.
Magiya
07:16
2.
Microsymph
12:33
3.
Supplica
14:11
4.
Aspects of an Elephant - Introduction: Into Darkness
02:18
5.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. I: The Elephant is a Whip
01:44
6.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. II: The Elephant is a Spear
01:38
7.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. III: The Elephant is a Silk Cloth
02:30
8.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. IV: The Elephant is a Tree
02:02
9.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. V: The Elephant is a Snake
01:43
10.
Aspects of an Elephant - Var. VI: The Elephant is a Throne
01:55
11.
Aspects of an Elephant - The Argument
01:34
12.
Aspects of an Elephant - Finale: The Creature Revealed
06:21
13.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Waltz
04:04
14.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Schottische
02:24
15.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Pas de deux
04:38
16.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Two-Step
01:53
17.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Hesitation-Tango
03:52
18.
Souvenirs Opus 28 - Galop
02:42

Total time: 01:15:18

Additional information

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SKU

PTC5186727

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Mastering Engineer

Mark Donahue

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Blanton Alspaugh

Recording Engineer

John Newton

Recording location

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, in 2016 (Rouse) and 2017 (Barber, Bunch, Currier, and Shepherd).

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD

Release DateSeptember 7, 2018

Press reviews

The Arts Fuse

Aspects of America is at once superbly played, astutely programmed, and aesthetically necessary… A great album, then, very highly recommended.

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