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ROCHBERG: Symphony No. 5 / Black Sounds

Composer(s):Rochberg, George
Artist(s) Lyndon-Gee, Christopher, Conductor • Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559115
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,

"This pair of Naxos releases restores to circulation two large-scale symphonic works from the 1970s and '80s by George Rochberg, one of America's most honored living composers. Both the Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony are post-modernist works that mirror his late conversion to a style that draws on a complex of musical languages, including tonality and atonality.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

George Rochberg was born in New Jersey, became an accomplished pianist and worked his way through college playing in jazz bands. While serving in the Second World War he was seriously wounded, and that experience undoubtedly underpins his early music, especially Black Sounds. After the war he studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and, like many of his generation, he began composing as a serialist, eventually to tonality.



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