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HARBISON, JOHN Symphony No. 4 CARL RUGGLES Sun-Treader STEVEN STUCKY Second Concerto for Orchestra National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic / David Alan Miller. Naxos American Classics

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15-06-2018
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Harbison John Symphony No 4 David Alan Miller Naxos
Harbison John Symphony No 4 David Alan Miller Naxos
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8559836
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John HARBISON (b. 1938) Symphony No. 4
Carl RUGGLES (1876–1971) Sun-Treader
Steven STUCKY (1949–2016) Second Concerto for Orchestra


National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic / David Alan Miller

This is the third recording in a multi-year partnership between the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and Naxos to release one album of American music each year. A study in dramatic contrasts, Carl Ruggles’ Sun-Treader is an overwhelming, granite-hued tone poem by one of New England’s most original and uncompromising composers. Steven Stucky’s luminous Pulitzer Prize-winning Second Concerto for Orchestra is a riveting exploration of sonority and sound painting while John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony is a big, bold, jazzimbued work by one of America’s most important living symphonists.

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This release brings together three American orchestral masterpieces in a program that will impress and delight in equal measure. The catalogues are not overwhelmed by alternative recordings of these works, through Carl Ruggles’ incredible early 20th century score has justly been given wider attention.

GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation, his Naxos recordings including the recent release of Michael Daugherty’s Dreamachine (8559807). His work with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic (NOIP) has resulted in a recording of John Corigliano’s First Symphony (8559782) that was considered “mightily impressive” by Gramophone, with MusicWeb International stating that “David Alan Miller is an impressive guide to this work and to the entire disc.” “Conductor David Alan Miller’s tempos are broad, letting the music breathe and allowing the composer’s clear textures and melodic warmth to be fully revealed. The NOIP plays magnificently.” (Audiophile Audition)

The second release of the NOIP is conducted by James Ross (8559822), and includes Randall Thompson’s Second Symphony, Samuel Adam’s Drift and Providence and the First Symphony of Samuel Barber. Of it Gramophone wrote, “It’s as impressive as its predecessor in terms of the quality of orchestral execution … this is a performance that grabs you and won’t let go.”

GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder and masterful interpreter of American contemporary music. Through commissioning and recording new works for orchestra alongside innovative educational and community outreach initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading champions of American symphonic music and one of its most cutting-edge orchestras. In 2001, Miller won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming, and in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.

Naxos 8559836
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Genre Classical
Label Naxos
Release Period June 2018

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