Three for the Fourth

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In observance of Independence Day, we're taking a break from the New Canon virtual listening party this week, but will see you in the chat room next Monday. Happy Fourth.

There's a stack of new releases sitting on my desk and, with only an hour each week, I often have to make gut-wrenching decisions about the New Canon playlist. This week, we're bringing you some of the most recent albums to have hit my mailbox, all of which I can't wait to share with you in a first listen. Spank them, they're new!

We kick off with Q2's Album of the Week, Joseph Schwantner's American-made Chasing Light… that includes the world premiere recording of Morning's Embrace, a stunning feat of orchestral color and eclecticism originally written for the National Symphony Orchestra's 75th anniversary. We get a brief interlude (and a small taste of our original ruling country, Great Britain) from one of my favorite living composers, Gabriel Prokofiev, and his label Nonclassical with vocal ensemble Juice.

Finally, we visit last week's Album of the Week for Q2 with another world premiere recording of Christopher Theofanidis's Symphony No. 1, recorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its in-house label, ASO Media. If you can't wait until dark for the fireworks to begin, here's an amazingly energetic prelude that goes perfectly with your barbecue fare and red-white-and-blue cocktails.