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Missy Mazzoli - Dark with Excessive Bright

Composer Missy Mazzoli
Performer Peter Herresthal
Arctic Philharmonic
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor
Tim Weiss, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2572 SACD
EAN 7318599925721
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2023
Total time 66'22

Named ‘2022 Composer of the Year’ by Musical America, Missy Mazzoli inhabits an exquisite and mysterious sound-world in which indie-rock sensibilities meet American minimalism, European modernism and classical traditions. The first woman ever to receive a commission from the Metropolitan Opera, she has also composed for prominent soloists, ensembles and orchestras around the world. Through her music, she reaches to the roots of tradition, inhabits and renovates older forms while using every resource at her command. Mazzoli, who &&&says that she likes “to tell stories”, always imagines actors, singers and dancers grappling with a situation, even when she composes instrumental works.
The album is bookended by two versions of the same work: loosely based on baroque idioms the violin concerto Dark with Excessive Bright is first heard with string orchestra accompaniment and then in a chamber version. The soloist is in both cases Peter Herresthal, who also performs Vespers for Violin, a piece for amplified violin and electronics using sampled organs, voices and strings, drenched in delay and distortion. Three orchestral works complete the programme: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), These Worlds in Us and Orpheus Undone in performances by the Arctic Philharmonic under Tim Weiss.
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  Missy Mazzoli
01 Dark with Excessive Bright 14'05
02 Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) 8'46
03 These Worlds in Us 8'46
  Orpheus Undone 14'56
04 Part 1: Behold the Machine, O Death 9'50
05 Part 2: We of Violence, We Endure 5'06
06 Vespers for Violin 5'52
07 Dark with Excessive Bright (arr. for solo violin and string quintet) 13'53
  Album total 66'22
ComposerMazzoli, Missy
ViolinHerrestahl, Peter
Herresthal, Peter
OrchestraArctic Philharmonic
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorGaffigan, James
Weiss, Timothy
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