BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Mythologies and Mad Songs (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Mythologies and Mad Songs (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:25 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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“Mythologies and Mad Songs” explores the nuanced compositions of American composer Geoffrey Gordon, in a thoughtfully-crafted selection performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The album opens with “PUCK – fleeing from the dawn,” an overture marked by captivating intensity, introducing Gordon’s signature elements of passionate melody and refined orchestration. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, led by Brabbins, brings these compositions to life, creating a tapestry of dark and luminous musical expressions. Dimitri Mestdag’s cor anglais adds an unnerving layer in “Mad Song,” a new sonority further explored in the following “ICE – aut inveniam viam aut faciam,” showcasing Gordon’s adept handling of sonic textures. The journey concludes with “Prometheus,” a bass clarinet concerto after Franz Kafka, featuring bass clarinettist Ben Slimane and the Philharmonia. Geoffrey Gordon’s remarkable contributions to contemporary music, characterised by infectious style and sonic experimentation, resonate throughout the album. In “Mythologies and Mad Songs,” Gordon’s music invites listeners on a reflective journey, where myth and melody converge in a harmonious dance. The album promises a symphonic exploration that captivates and challenges, leaving its own unique dent on the canvas of modern classical music.

Tracklist:
01. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: PUCK – fleeing from the dawn (06:56)
02. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Mad Song: The wild winds weep, And the night is a-cold… (04:54)
03. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Mad Song: Lo! to the vault Of paved heaven… (08:21)
04. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Mad Song: Like a fiend in a cloud With howling woe… (05:03)
05. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: ICE – aut inveniam viam aut faciam (17:57)
06. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Prometheus: According to the first… (06:13)
07. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Prometheus: According to the second… (04:55)
08. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Prometheus: According to the third… (07:31)
09. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dimitri Mestdag, Laurent Ben Slimane & Martyn Brabbins – Gordon: Prometheus: According to the fourth… (08:30)

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