A Hero of Our Time

Composer(s): Walter Aschaffenburg, Edwin London, Edward Miller
Album Title: A Hero of Our Time 
Cat. No.: 80511
Genre: Classical
Description: Works by Edwin London, Walter Aschaffenberg, Edward Miller

The Russian State Symphonic Cappella/Edwin London

These three orchestral essays by living American composers represent a conscious attempt to “...reconnect organically in the orderly evolution of the art of music without abandoning twentieth-century practice....” Each is written in a language that clearly bespeaks a concerted effort to come to terms with the great nineteenth-and early twentieth-century orchestral legacy of Brahms, Strauss, and Mahler.

The lyrical Concerto for Oboe of Walter Aschaffenburg (b. 1927)is best described in the composer’s own words, “...Not until I observed that no nineteenth-century composer (to my knowledge) had written an oboe concerto, did I rationalize that I could do it for them....”

Edward Miller (b.1930) suggests that Anacrusis be used as a program opener for Mahler's First Symphony, a suggestion which aptly captures the spirit of the work.

Ed London's A Hero Of Our Time considers the consequences of adapting the nineteenth-century heroic concert overture (e.g. Corolian, Manfred) to late twentieth-century cultural values. London sketches-via a combination of colorful orchestration, genuine lyricism, wit and rhythmic verve-a musical portrait of a tarnished but sympathetic hero of our troubled time-a sort of Don Quixote for the end of the century.

The performances by the Russian State Symphonic Cappella-formerly the Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture (Rozhdestvensky’s orchestra)-are committed and compelling. 
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