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GALLAGHER, J.: Orchestral Music - Diversions Overture / Berceuse / Sinfonietta / Symphony in 1 Movement, "Threnody" (London Symphony, Falletta)

Composer(s):Gallagher, Jack
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra, members
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559652
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Jack Gallagher’s Symphony in One Movement: Threnody has been acclaimed by in Tune magazine as ‘enormously inventing’ and by Österreichische Musikzeitschrift as ‘a one-movement symphony of great colorfulness’. The warm, lyrical Berceuse was heralded by The Washington Post as ‘a treat’ and ‘a lovely melodic and accessible work’. The spirited Diversions Overture and Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, in five-movement arch form, complete this survey of Gallagher’s music for orchestra recorded by the London Symphony under the direction of JoAnn Falletta.


Review By Larry Koran,KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM,June 2011

Jack Gallagher is a composer mostly of orchestral, chamber, choral, and piano works, which have been performed in Europe and the USA. He is a professor of music at an Ohio college. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in composition from Cornell, and took master classes with Copland, Crumb and Bolcom. He has an award from the Charles Ives Center for American Music, among others. All tracks except the last one make for quite pleasant listening. Melodies are lovely, harmonies are rich, orchestration full and attractive, and rhythms varied and inventive.


Review By Record Geijutsu,March 2011


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2011

Conductor Falletta, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra, brings us the startlingly gracious music of Jack Gallagher (b. 1947). The works on this new American Classics CD (Naxos 8.559652) fit exactly the description of American music at the head of this article. Do you want optimistic exuberance? Go to the Diversions Overture that begins the program. Poignancy? The liltingly lovely Berceuse. Music does not get much lovelier than this. Vivacity? The Sinfonietta for strings, which demonstrates how Americans can continue the great British tradition of such string works (think Britten). The Pavane movement in this piece goes as directly to the heart as does the Berceuse. It begins like one of Vaughan Williams’s great string works. The pretty much has it all, including some stabbing chords at the end that could have come out of Bernard Herrmann’s great score for Psycho. I highly recommend this CD for the shell-shocked. You will think you have been cheated that you have not heard it before.


Review By Chris Hathaway,88.7 KUHF News,November 2010

The music of Jack Gallagher, 63, currently Professor of Music at The College of Wooster in Ohio, is a breath of fresh air. It is eminently tonal but not unadventurous, exploits a variety of textures and moods and shows a secure technique of writing for a variety of ensembles. From the warmth and immediately appealing lyricisms of his Diversions Overture (taking as its basis music from an earlier band piece called Diversions) and the Berceuse (which also took its life from another piece, this one a piano miniature) to the controlled tension of Threnody, Gallagher is clearly a composer who has something to say and who can say it effectively. It is a kind of “new romanticism” which is thoroughly original; it may be compared to the George

Gallagher’s Sinfonietta for strings is a marvel of a work. In some ways it is superficially reminiscent of Bartók. The soul of the work—for this reviewer—seemed to lie in its two scherzo-like movements, the third (Malambo) and the finale (Rondo concertante), although the work as a whole is completely integrated though each movement has its own distinctive sound world. Gallagher’s roots are clearly of the middle twentieth century—the time of his birth and of his coming of age. It is hoped that we can hear more from this composer in the future.



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