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Svoboda, Tomas / Orchestral Work By Tomas Svoboda (Oregon Symphony)
Album:Orchestral Work By Tomas Svoboda (Oregon Symphony) Collection:Classical
Artist:Svoboda, Tomas Added:03/2017
Label:Albany Records 

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Add Date:2017-03-28 Pull Date:2017-05-30 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:28 May16 Apr
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Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2017-03-26 
Tomas Svoboda (b. 1939), composer, performer and emeritus professor at Portland State U, has composed > 200 works, including 6 symphonies (performed by SF Symphony, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras), with > 50 works recorded. His compositional style often combines Slavic folk elements with complex meters and rhythms, creating an intense, vibrant effect. Overture of the Season, Op. 89, his best-known work, opens in a celebratory, ebullient spirit, becomes goofily happy, quiets briefly before the celebration resumes first distant, then upon us. Svoboda writes of The Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, J: Op. 148, “My approach to this work is to expose the beauty of the marimba. The gentle and majestic sounds . . . within the orchestra is always respectful of the somewhat limited powers of projection of the solo instrument. Overall the concerto is stylistically lyrical and neo-romantic.” 1st mvmt: A county lad visits the dizzying and the quiet streets of New York. 2nd mvmt: Pensive, a brief rainstorm, pensive before a quieter storm returns. 3rd mvmt: Jazzy activity, a bit jocular, fading in the last 3 minutes to a rapid stroll then a run along the sidewalk alongside Central Park. Symphony No. 1 Op. 20, Of Nature, written at age 16, is tonal, strives for majesty; has an alternating dark, pulsating 2nd mvmt; a quiet, sunny early Spring day 3rd mvmt, which grows dramatic in its final 2 minutes; 4th mvmt opens with peasants dancing heavily, turns to a picture of tranquil countryside, then turmoil, then settles back into harmonious tranquility.

Track Listing
1.Overture Of The Season, Op. 89 8:50 5.Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) Op. 20: 1. Moderato 10:14
2.Concerto For Marimba And Orchestra Op. 148: 1. Con Moto 8:55 6.Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) Op. 20: 2. Presto 8:18
3.Concerto For Marimba And Orchestra Op. 148: 2. Adagio 8:12 7.Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) Op. 20: 3. Andante 7:03
4.Concerto For Marimba And Orchestra Op. 148: 3. Vivace 8:50 8.Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) Op. 20: 4. Allegro-Moderato 10:37