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SCHWANTNER, J.: Percussion Concerto / Morning's Embrace / Chasing Light… (Lamb, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)

Composer(s):Schwantner, Joseph
Artist(s) Guerrero, Giancarlo, Conductor • Nashville Symphony OrchestraLamb, Christopher, percussion
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559678
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Schwantner is one of the most prominent composers in America today, renowned for his dramatic style and bewitchingly colorful orchestration. Morning’s Embrace depicts the intense brilliance of sunrise at his home in rural New Hampshire, and the ‘Ford Made in America’ commission Chasing Light…continues to explore the natural world in a work of eloquent expressiveness. A highly popular concert piece, the ‘fresh, engaging’ (Metro) and technically demanding Percussion Concerto is performed here by the acclaimed soloist for whom the work was written, Christopher Lamb.

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Review By David Hurwitz,,February 2012

the music is colorful, shimmering, occasionally melodic, and quite accessible. Schwantner is by any standard a very accomplished composer. The performances by the Nashville Symphony under Giancarlo Guerrero are as brilliant and exuberant as the music itself, and are very well recorded. Naxos, which happens to be located in Nashville, has a lot to be proud of with this one. © 2012 Read complete review

Review By Byzantion ,MusicWeb International,February 2012

Lamb, the Nashville Symphony and Guerrero give pretty much immaculate performances in all three works. The Nashvillers now have many recordings under their belt for Naxos, including perhaps a dozen in this generally superb ‘American Classics’ series—long may they continue.


Review By Craig Zeichner,,December 2011

Best of 2011

Joseph Schwantner is the finest living composer you might never have heard of. This recording of his vibrantly colorful orchestral music gets A+ performances from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The Percussion Concerto is a thriller and the other works of equal quality. Schwantner really deserves to be better known and he has no better advocates than the Nashville band and their superb risk-taking conductor. © 2011 Ariama See complete list

Review By Joseph Magil,American Record Guide,November 2011

Schwantner is in his way carrying on the grand American tradition of composers like Copland and Schuman, and is doing it brilliantly. If you like those composers, you should love this music.…I couldn’t help but find this release inspiring, especially in these culturally frightening times. Congratulations to all. The Nashville Symphony continues to sound like a world-class ensemble.

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Review By Merlin Patterson,Fanfare,November 2011

…If you know and love the music of American composer Joseph Schwantner, you will find this brilliantly performed and vividly recorded disc irresistible.

… Christopher Lamb, who performs…on this disc and whose insightful, texturally clear, and colorful interpretation makes a wonderful companion to the more overtly virtuosic premiere recording by Evelyn Glennie and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin (RCA 68692). I would not want to be without either recording.


Review By Steve Schwartz,,August 2011

Beat, beat drums! Blow, bugles, blow!…

Chasing Light…moves musically with purpose. It’s based upon a nothing poem by the composer, high-flown nonsense that means absolutely nothing. If it were food, it would be a can of Pringles…This is one beautiful, moving score, and one which needs no extra-musical help.

The Percussion Concerto has received plenty of acclaim since its premiere over 15 years ago with soloist Christopher Lamb and the New York Philharmonic…a fine work, full of Schwantner’s characteristically gorgeous orchestration…

…one of the really solid Naxos releases in its “American Classics” series.

Review By Grego Applegate Edwards,Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,July 2011

Joseph Schwantner has gone from the status of a very promising young modernist American composer in the late ’60s to one of our very best today. The new Nashville Symphony recording of three of Maestro Schwantner’s major later period works, Chasing Light (Naxos 8.559678), makes it clear why. He has developed a vividly colorful orchestral palette which he uses to cover musical canvases in ways that strike the ear and remain memorable long after they have been heard.



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