Edmonton Symphony Presents Canadian Composers

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Edmonton Symphony arrives at Carnegie Hall with a program highlighting three of its recent composers in residence (all Canadians), plus the First Symphony by Bohuslav Martinů. Elliott Forrest and Midge Woolsey host tonight's concert.

Leading this performance is William Eddins, Edmonton's music director since 2005. The Buffalo, NY-born conductor and pianist is known for his eclectic tastes in repertoire and for being a frequently outspoken figure in the music industry. The Martinů is a personal favorite of Eddins, and was last performed at Carnegie in 1953, by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
William Eddins, Music Director
ROBERT RIVAL: New Work (US Premiere)
JOHN ESTACIO: Triple Concerto (US Premiere)
ALLAN GILLILAND: Dreaming of the Masters III (US Premiere)
MARTINŮ: Symphony No. 1

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Comments [1]

Louis from Staten Island, NY

What a fabulous series of concerts this is!

Last night the three premieres by Canadian composers were a revelation and a joy. And the sound and engineering were/are magnificent. I recorded the entire concert, and am I glad I did.

My favorite performance of the Martinu First Symphony to this point has been the one by Claus Peter Flor and the Berlin PO (on an RCA Red Seal CD). But the Edmonton's performance last night was nothing less than outstanding. Throughout the work Martinu bathes the listener in shimmering sonorities and rhapsodic melodies. The Edmontonians captured all the magic of the music. And the conductor, William Eddins, conveyed a deep feeling for the score. I was especially gratified to hear so clearly the piano part throughout the performance, a detail that cast into relief Martinu's fascinating harmonic and rhythmic language.

Bravo and Congratulations Eddins and the Edmontonians! A wonderful program and performance!

May. 09 2012 07:06 AM

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