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Augusta Read Thomas: Bell Illuminations

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For composers beyond counting, the sound of bells has been a source of magnetic fascination since time immemorial (figures as disparate as Rachmaninoff and Jonathan Harvey immediately come to mind), but few have hardwired it in their creative psyche as deeply as Augusta Read Thomas. Previous releases in this series have already included a number of such works (Carillon Sky, Resounding Earth, Bells Ring Summer, Ripple Effects), but the present volume is the first one to concentrate upon this long-standing preoccupation. Each of the three major works gathered here is prefaced by a short miniature. On the process of composition, Thomas has said that “it's like living inside of a poem… I think of myself, and have been described as, a poet-composer. I sculpt my music akin to how poets create, refine, and polish their poems". © Nimbus

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1
Crescat Scientia; Vita Excolatur (Live)
Joey Brink
00:04:25

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Emily Kim, MainArtist - Joey Brink, MainArtist - Joseph Min, MainArtist - João Francisco Shida, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

2
Upon Wings of Words: I. Playful, Buoyant and Spirited
Kristina Bachrach
00:08:56

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Brian Hong, MainArtist - Benjamin Baker, MainArtist - Kristina Bachrach, MainArtist - Alexander Hersh, MainArtist - Jordan Bak, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

3
Upon Wings of Words: II. Lyrical and Resonant
Kristina Bachrach
00:04:57

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Brian Hong, MainArtist - Benjamin Baker, MainArtist - Kristina Bachrach, MainArtist - Alexander Hersh, MainArtist - Jordan Bak, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

4
Upon Wings of Words: III. Energized and Animated
Kristina Bachrach
00:04:25

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Brian Hong, MainArtist - Benjamin Baker, MainArtist - Kristina Bachrach, MainArtist - Alexander Hersh, MainArtist - Jordan Bak, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

5
Bebop Riddle for solo marimba
John Corkhill
00:04:54

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - John Corkhill, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

6
Ring Out Wild Bells To The Wild Sky (Live)
Carmen Pelton
00:14:27

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Norman Scribner, Conductor - Carmen Pelton, MainArtist - The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Ensemble

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

7
Enchanted Invocation
John Corkhill
00:03:41

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - John Corkhill, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

8
Sonorous Earth: I. Invocation (Live)
Third Coast Percussion
00:09:57

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Chicago Philharmonic, Orchestra - Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Scott Speck, Conductor

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

9
Sonorous Earth: II. Prayer (Live)
Third Coast Percussion
00:07:05

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Chicago Philharmonic, Orchestra - Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Scott Speck, Conductor

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

10
Sonorous Earth: III. Mantra (Live)
Third Coast Percussion
00:07:20

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Chicago Philharmonic, Orchestra - Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Scott Speck, Conductor

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

11
Sonorous Earth: IV. Reverie (Live)
Third Coast Percussion
00:07:23

Augusta Read THOMAS, Composer - Chicago Philharmonic, Orchestra - Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Scott Speck, Conductor

(C) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2022 Wyastone Estate Limited

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For composers beyond counting, the sound of bells has been a source of magnetic fascination since time immemorial (figures as disparate as Rachmaninoff and Jonathan Harvey immediately come to mind), but few have hardwired it in their creative psyche as deeply as Augusta Read Thomas. Previous releases in this series have already included a number of such works (Carillon Sky, Resounding Earth, Bells Ring Summer, Ripple Effects), but the present volume is the first one to concentrate upon this long-standing preoccupation. Each of the three major works gathered here is prefaced by a short miniature. On the process of composition, Thomas has said that “it's like living inside of a poem… I think of myself, and have been described as, a poet-composer. I sculpt my music akin to how poets create, refine, and polish their poems". © Nimbus

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