DIRK BROSSÉ (b.1960): The Circle of Nature for Clarinet, Cello and Chamber Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 12L097

Label: Talent

Reference: 905

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

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Description: This is a cycle of concertos, one for each season, beginning with summer and ending with spring as a symbol of rebirth, which might raise some suspicions of a New-Age agenda of some sort. While admittedly the music is lush, tonal and colorful in the manner of a high-class film score, with an alarming insistence on rippling harps and pianos here and there, it mostly falls more into the category of unashamed post-romanticism than anything more pop-culture oriented than that. The composer evokes different geographies for his seasons; Summer swelters in the sultry heat of the Ganges; Autumn's desolate clarinet melodies embody the chill of temperate Europe; a village waltz attempts to fend off the encroaching cold before submitting to nostalgia and the wintry chill of Russia. This last, full of tolling bells and pained, elongated cello and clarinet melody, is an effective piece of Soviet-era pastiche, looking back to Borodin and Mussorgsky. The final movement is vigorous and celebratory, alternating pastoral melody and post-romantic-minimalistic drive and energy. Eddy Vanoosthuyse (clarinet), Viviane Spanoghe (cello), Brussels Philharmonic; Dirk Brossé.

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