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ALBERT, S.: RiverRun / Symphony No. 2

Composer(s):Albert, Stephen
Artist(s) Polivnick, Paul, Conductor • Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559257
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Stephen Albert’s music is at once traditional and contemporary, lyrical yet powerful and dynamic. He drew inspiration from the rich orchestral palettes of composers such as Stravinsky and Bartók, but his musical language is very much his own. At the time of his tragic and unexpected death in 1992, Albert had completed the first draft of his lush, evocative Symphony No. 2, which here receives its world première recording. Asked by Albert’s publishers to complete the work, his colleague and friend Sebastian Currier was pleased to find it almost finished, with only the addition of expressive markings and some orchestration to undertake. It is coupled here with Albert’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first symphony,


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Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,April 2007

Grade: A

TRAGIC LOSS: Stephen Albert was only 51, and at the height of his compositional powers, when he died in an auto accident in 1992. This CD of his two symphonies underlines the tragedy, especially considering how much wonderful music the American composer might have penned had he lived longer.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2007

p>Born in the States in 1941, Stephen Albert rejected the establishment who he viewed as propagators of music in direct line with those who espoused serialism. He believed they were forming a chasm between concert audiences and composers who were often funded by educational establishments and living in their own ivory tower. Though that led Albert to follow a career mainly outside of music, he still retained a following, often among the great performers of our time. One of those was Rostropovich who commissioned Albert to compose a work for the National Symphony Orchestra, the outcome being the RiverRun symphony. Though each of the four movements carries titles they are to describe the nature of the content rather than having a strict programme. The sum total is the more....


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