• Samuel Adler

    ONE LIVES BUT ONCE: A 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

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    ONE LIVES BUT ONCE: A 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 3 cd CKD 590
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With the participation of: William Weinert, Eastman Choral, Neil Varon, Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, Emily Freeman Brown, Brandenburgisches Staatorchester Frankfurt, Michael Brown, Siwoo Kim, Nicholas Goluses

March 4th 2018 marks the 90th birthday of one of the twenty-first century’s most influential and prolific composers: Samuel Adler. This three-disc boxed set provides a cohesive overview of his output and includes many premiere recordings. A pupil of both Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland, Adler is a phenomenal symphonic writer (who, quite literally, wrote the book on orchestration) whose style merges twenty-first century ebullience with an almost classical economy and balance. The first two discs feature the Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt under conductor Dr. Emily Freeman Brown performing the First and Second Symphonies, a dance suite for orchestra, plus three concertos: the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring Siwoo Kim, the award-winning violinist who originally premiered the work; the Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra; and the first Piano Concerto, featuring the prize-winning young pianist Michael Brown. The third disc features the highly talented young players from the Eastman School of Music. This is especially fitting since Adler taught at Eastman for nearly thirty years and these students represent the continuation of his prodigious legacy.

"In five dance movements including "Rumble" to "Pavane", Adler proves his outstanding understanding of music history, especially in the concluding "Tarantella"."
RBB Kulturradio
"...the ability to spin a winning lyricism in slow movements should make everything presented here approachable even to the just mildly adventurous…"
Records International, 26 July 2018
"These are warm, polished and convincing performances, well-rehearsed, with immaculate ensemble in each case. All of the works have been recorded in top-notch sound."
MusicWeb International, 4 June 2018
"...it's hard to beat the dancing simplicity of Into the Radiant Boundaries of Light for viola and guitar, or Ports of Call for guitar and two violins - a sunny guide to the Mediterranean calling points of Jewish refugees...Adler in a nutshell."
BBC Music Magazine, May 2018