Adler: One Lives But Once, A 90th Birthday Celebration

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Adler: One Lives But Once, A 90th Birthday Celebration
Eastman School of Music, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Emily Freeman Brown

[ Linn / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 23 February 2018

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March 4th 2018 marked the 90th birthday of one of the twenty-first century's most influential and prolific composers: Samuel Adler.

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.

This three-disc boxed set provides a cohesive overview of his output and includes many premiere recordings.

The first two discs feature the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt under conductor 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 pianist Michael Brown.

The third disc features the highly talented young players from the Eastman School of Music alongside guitarist and fellow Eastman professor Nicholas Goluses. This is especially fitting since Adler taught at Eastman for nearly thirty years and these students represent the continuation of his prodigious legacy.

Samuel Adler is one of America's foremost composers and pedagogues. He is the author of over 400 published works in a wide variety of mediums, including six symphonies and five operas.

His work stands out for its rhythmic and contrapuntal vitality, its coloristic inventiveness, and its formal command, as well as for its embodiment of his deeply held humane values.

Adler is Professor-emeritus at the Eastman School of Music and has been a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City since 1997.

"In the two fascinating symphonies from the 1950s, you can hear Adler building his personal profile from Hindemith, Piston, Copland, all of whom were his teachers, and his own strong Jewish heritage…In the Violin Concerto of 2012, Siwoo Kim's impassioned playing adds notable fire to the busy textures. But for instrumental niceties it's hard to beat the dancing simplicity of Into the Radiant Boundaries of Light." BBC Music

"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. The bonus is a 50-page, beautifully produced booklet. I would be very keen to explore more of this composer's music now." MusicWeb


Disc 1
1-3. Symphony No. 1
4-6. Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1
7-11. Man Lebt Nur Einmal 'One Lives but

Disc 2
1-3. Symphony No. 2
4-6. Concerto for violin and orchestra
7-9. Concerto for woodwind quintet and
orchestra 'Shir HaMa'alot'

Disc 3
1-3. Concerto for guitar and orchestra
4-6. Into the Radiant Boundaries of Light
7-11. Ports of Call 'A Mediterranean Suite'
12-16. Five Choral Scherzi