ERIC EWAZEN (b.1954): Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble, ANTHONY PLOG (b.1947): Double Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Wind Ensemble, JOSEPH TURRIN (b.1947): Concertino for 11 Instruments and Wind Ensemble, NORMAN DELLO JOIO (1913-2008): Scenes from the Louvre.
Catalogue Number: 11N099
Label: MSR Classics
Reference: MS 1388
Description: Dello Joio's suite was extracted from music he wrote for a television documentary about the history of the Louvre. In five attractive short movements, incorporating themes from the period of some of the artists featured, the music is as fresh and appealing, in a thoroughly tonal idiom. Plog's concerto is a lot of fun. Lively and effervescent, with a lyrical, but not too serious, middle movement, the work is like an affectionate parody of a baroque concerto, with echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich . The Turrin is similarly appealing, an updated Concerto grosso with a concertante group exchanging material with the full ensemble. A rapid, irresistibly propulsive first section give way to a plaintive central section showcasing the soloists individually, before the energetic return and further development of the opening material. Like the evocations of Cambodian temples in Ewazen's piece that we offered in February, Shadowcatcher offers cinematically vivid portraits of a lost time and pace - in this case, the old American west and Native American life as captured in the photographs of Edward Curtis. The work incorporates traditional rhythms and modally inflected melodies to evoke legends and landscapes in four dramatic and atmospheric movements. West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak.