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RYAN, J.: Symphony No. 1, "Fugitive Colours" / The Linearity of Light / Equilateral (Gryphon Trio, Vancouver Symphony, Tovey)

Composer(s):Ryan, Jeffrey
Artist(s) Tovey, Bramwell, Conductor • Gryphon Trio, Ensemble • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572765
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Jeffrey Ryan is one of Canada’s most outstanding composers. He evokes bright, vivid colours in his works which brim with imaginative sound worlds. The Linearity of Light is one such work and is concerned with imagining sound itself, brilliantly realised through different pitch combinations and their suggestions of the brightness of light. Equilateral is a triple concerto, and a spiritually complex meditation that fuses lament with joyful affirmation. Symphony No. 1: Fugitive Colours draws on the idea of colours that fade when exposed to light, and does so with masterly orchestral virtuosity.


Vivid mixture
Review By NH100270,December 2013

"The Linearity of Light" is a strong orchestral work full of dynamic variety and vibrant twists of colour. Expressive. Redolent. Stimulating.

"Equilateral" is more idiosyncratic, sometimes snapping at us like the jaws of an unruly beast, and then zigzagging in slow motion as though mimicking a drunkard struggling through a lake of golden syrup. A diverse concoction, refined and prickly in equal measure.

The symphony "Fugitive Colours" is deceptively deep and dark with pensive emotions dominating the vividness of the intricate soundscape. Moments of surprise and poignancy happen then merge. Shifts of direction generate an overall impression of imaginative exploration and experimental openness.

Review By Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide,January 2012

This is some of the best new music I have reviewed in more than two decades. For the Vancouver Symphony, playing these pieces must have been rewarding. These are persuasive readings. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Review By Colin Eatock, Eatock Daily,September 2011

…well produced and performed…the music itself…often edgy and angular, and always has a strong sense of direction…Ryan isn’t shy about wearing his influences on his sleeve: Stravinsky, Bartók, Messiaen and Lutoslawski all make cameo appearances in his scores. And like all of those composers, Ryan is a master of orchestration.


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