Symphonic Holiday

George Perle: Orchestral Music (1965-1987)
George Perle, Vol. 4
BRIDGE 9499


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George Perle described his journey as "a path toward a new kind of tonality. Music that was going to do what music used to do, with its basis being the twelve-tone scale instead of the diatonic scale". Annotator Christopher Hailey writes that "It is not necessary to go into analytical details because what Perle created was a language of such cogency and immediate appeal that no technical knowledge is necessary for its appreciation. It is music that is bracing without being strident, vigorous without being disjointed, sharply etched without being dryly acerbic; it is witty, lucid, stimulating, and, above all, deeply humane. With this new recording, the Seattle Symphony, cello soloist Jay Campbell, and conductor Ludovic Morlot present five previously unrecorded works by the American master George Perle.


Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony are the best possible advocates for this music, playing with passion, verve and control. Cellist Jay Campbell is superb in the Cello Concerto. Perle has concentrated a powerful mix of music into this piece, which deserves a place in the repertoire.” - Music for Several Instruments


If Perle is new to you, or you are just curious, this CD is an excellent place to start. If you already know of the contribution which Perle has made to contemporary music, you will not want to miss this set of uniformly excellent performances.” - MusicWeb International


Perle succeeds with clear phrasing and textures, melodic and rhythmic interest, consistent pitch content and colourful, inviting instrumental groups. His string writing is exemplary in both in part-writing and mood creation. American cellist Jay Campbell is expressive and assured, conductor Ludovic Morlot balances all wonderfully, and the Seattle Symphony shines.” - theWholeNote


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George Perle:

Dance Fantasy (1986)
Six Bagatelles (1965)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1966)
Sinfonietta I (1987)
A Short Symphony (1980)

Jay Campbell, cello (in Concerto for Cello and Orchestra)
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, conductor

BRIDGE 9499

Related discs:

9429, 9426, 9398, 9214A/B