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BOYER, P.: Symphony No. 1 / Silver Fanfare / Festivities / Three Olympians / Celebration Overture (London Philharmonic, Boyer)

Composer(s):Boyer, Peter
Artist(s) Boyer, Peter, Conductor • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559769
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, widely admired not least for his GRAMMY®-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Naxos 8.559246). The composer writes, “The five works included on this recording represent a cross-section of my orchestral music. Three Olympians reflects my interest in mythology and history. Often I have received invitations to compose music for celebratory concerts, and three of the works included here—Silver Fanfare, Festivities and Celebration Overture—were created for such occasions.” Symphony No 1 is a lyrical and rhythmically


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Great recording
Review By DS158180,July 2014

Classical music as it should be - dynamic, exciting and gentle.

Review By Bob Neill, Positive Feedback Online,December 2015

American Peter Boyer (b. 1970) writes expressly and unashamedly celebratory, fanfare, festive music…

The music of his symphony is attractive, especially the eleven-minute Adagio that concludes it. This music pulls free to some extent, pointing toward a musical world not dependent on either an occasion or a narrative that needs its harmonic enrichment to embellish its tale. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Review By David R Dunsmore, MusicWeb International,November 2014

I came to this disc knowing nothing about Peter Boyer and have greatly enjoyed the experience. Symphony No. 1 in particular strikes me as a fine Twenty-First century work. The playing and recording are first class and as is usual with Naxos there are excellent notes. More please. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Review By Kara Dahl Russell, The WSCL Blog,October 2014

Contemporary composer Boyer…has a particular gift for fanfares, a strength on short statements, and a way with the brass section, so his “Silver Fanfare” and “Celebration Overture” are particularly strong. His “Three Olympians” is worth deeper listening, modern tone poems in the romantic vein, based on truly classical themes. © 2014 The WSCL Blog Read complete review

Review By Laurence Vittes, Gramophone,August 2014

Peter Boyer’s love affair with American orchestras continues with his second Naxos recording, dedicated to celebratory works composed for five American orchestras over a period of 15 years. Boyer, who claims more than 300 performances by more than 100 orchestras, writes in a fluent, powerful style that fuses conservative American currents with Hollywood-ish size and populist sentiment… Three Olympians… demonstrates the composer’s orchestration gifts in a tour de force that evokes Apollo, Aphrodite, and, in a brilliant finale, Ares. [On Symphony No. 1:] …the three-movement work is dominated by an 11-minute long third movement, an absorbing, eventful Adagio with beautiful, written-out solo riffs… eloquent, spaciously

Review By Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide,July 2014

The most substantial work on the program is the Symphony…In three movements the work makes up in enthusiasm what it lacks in sophistication…but confident professional orchestration makes for an attractive atmosphere that will appeal to uncritical listeners…beautiful performances. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Review By David Hurwitz,,June 2014

Three Olympians…must rank among Boyer’s finest pieces. It has great tunes and exploits the timbres of the string orchestra in a very fetching and vivid way… Silver Fanfare, Festivities and Celebration Overture are all short, splashy, tuneful occasional works, and probably great fun to play. The London Philharmonic under the composer’s confident direction does a fine job with them… Like all of the music on this disc, the symphony is tuneful, expertly crafted, colorfully scored… Boyer knows what he wants, and how to do it. This very well-engineered disc is lots of fun, and a really good listen. © 2014

Review By Mark Pinto, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia,April 2014

Classical music listeners apprehensive about “new music” have nothing to fear, and everything to love, about Peter Boyer. His Symphony No 1, a tribute to his muse Leonard Bernstein, is a stirring work, filled with soaring, “American sounding” themes and propulsive rhythms. Boyer also conducts four of his own festive occasional pieces here, in a recording that’s sure to win him many new fans. © 2014 WRTI-FM, Philadelphia Read complete review

Review By Steven A. Kennedy, Cinemusical,March 2014

This delightful concert work [Silver Fanfare] has a sort of Bruce Broughton/John Williams-esque style with great writing across the orchestra… ‘Aphrodite’ [from Three Olympians]… allows for some repose and a more lyrically romantic theme that is simply beautiful… The result is an almost cinematic essay. Of primary interest will be the concluding work on the disc, Boyer’s first symphony… [on the Adagio third movement:] The theme itself is very romantic in nature, and equally stunning as it develops. The performances here are simply superb, showing off his engaging and easily accessible cinematic style. This is certainly a recording that should have broad appeal, and one which you will likely find yourself returning to

Review By Bob McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found,March 2014

Well crafted, brilliantly scored works… [on Silver Fanfare:] Highly cinematic with rousing brass flourishes and over-the-top percussion… it immediately commands the listener’s attention… ‘Aphrodite’ [from Three Olympians] is a gorgeous offering with an extended romantic cantilena. [On the symphony’s Adagio third movement:] It’s based on an extended meandering melody, which appears in a colorful variety of orchestral guises that ebb and flow in cinematic fashion… These performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s direction sparkle… Boyer instills his Technicolor scores with a captivating energy and drive…© 2014 Classical Lost and Read complete review

Review By,March 2014

Peter Boyer offers accessible and well-made works… A new Naxos CD shows him to be a very effective conductor of his own music, and shows that music itself to be pleasant and generally forthright… There are three overtly celebratory works that come across particularly well: Celebration Overture, Silver Fanfare, and Festivities…. the London Philharmonic delivers them with considerable panache. [On Symphony No. 1:] …it does have things to say, and it communicates them in a musical language that is characteristically modern without being at all off-putting — indeed, it will remind some listeners of the music of Leonard Bernstein, to whose memory it is dedicated. © 2014



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