Music Of Our Time: Vol. 5
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR899     Release Date: 2002-01-01
Orchestra 2001, James Freeman, piano, conductor


As a Philadelphia-based ensemble, Orchestra 2001 has always focused its attention generally (though certainly not exclu- sively) on recent music by composers who live and work in this area. Since our debut concert in 1988, some sixty different Philadelphia-area composers have been represented on our programs, with over 125 different works. Our five compact discs in this ongoing series for CRI have included twenty-five pieces by eleven different Philadelphians. And the repertoire for our various foreign tours to Russia, Denmark, England, and Spain has been devoted almost entirely to music by Philadelphians.

Partly because of the historical conservatism of Philadelphia’s audiences and its most illustrious cultural organizations, and partly because paradoxically the area is home to an unusually large number of composers of exceptional skill and imagin- ation, it has seemed especially important to champion the new music of our region, to bring it not only to our own local audiences but (through our recordings and tours) to national and international audiences as well. This has been a true “labor of love” for everyone associated with Orchestra 2001, for the recent music of this region has seemed to us extraordinarily varied, rich, exciting, forward-looking, and important.

The present two discs explore a small sampling of that richness and variety. The composers represented all share an association with the University of Pennsylvania: from Penn’s own present composers (James Primosch, Jay Reise, and Anna Weesner), to two of the University’s legendary masters (George Crumb and George Rochberg), to one of its most esteemed alumni (Robert Maggio, now a professor at neighboring West Chester University), to the long-time clarinet virtuoso of the Penn Contemporary Players (Arne Running), to a frequent guest lecturer (David Finko). We hope listeners will find in this music the same vitality, power, and beauty that we as performers hear in it.
—James Freeman, Artistic Director


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Orchestra 2001

Music Of Our Time: Vol. 5

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River Song
Robert Maggio
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Septet: I. Quarter note = ca. 50
James Primosch
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Septet: II. Quarter note = ca. 42
James Primosch
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Septet: III. Quarter-note = 116-126
James Primosch
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Fantasies for Voice and Piano: I. The toadstools in a fairy ring
George Rochberg
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Fantasies for Voice and Piano: II. There were frog prints in the rime
George Rochberg
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Fantasies for Voice and Piano: III. The frogs hold court
George Rochberg
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Fantasies for Voice and Piano: IV. Five chessmen on a board
George Rochberg
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Falling In
Anna Weesner
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Dream Sequence (Images II)
George Crumb
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Concertino for English Horn & String Orchestra: I. Preludio
Arne Running
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Concertino for English Horn & String Orchestra: II. Chorale
Arne Running
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Concertino for English Horn & String Orchestra: III. Rondo
Arne Running
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Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
David Finko
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Concerto for Cello & 13 Instruments: I. Agitato
Jay Reise
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Concerto for Cello & 13 Instruments: II. Rhapsody-Lyrical and expressive
Jay Reise
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Concerto for Cello & 13 Instruments: III. Fast
Jay Reise
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