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Tower: Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman
Joan Tower, Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Tower: Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
 
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The title of this extraordinary collection of orchestral gems suggests both parody of and homage to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. But Joan Tower, as always, has her own artistic vision and nothing here is eit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Joan Tower, Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Title: Tower: Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Koch Int'l Classics
Release Date: 9/21/1999
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Swing Jazz, Marches, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923746928

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The title of this extraordinary collection of orchestral gems suggests both parody of and homage to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. But Joan Tower, as always, has her own artistic vision and nothing here is either a parody of or homage to anyone. There are five Fanfares and a tasty Duet for Orchestra. The main work here is a Concerto for Orchestra (1991), a dazzling exhibition of energetic exchanges between various orchestral groups that seems designed, like Paul Hindemith's Concerto for Orchestra (but not Bartók's), for smaller forces. This way the instrumental pairings stand out. But give credit here to Marin Alsop, the conductor, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for making these works both lucid and vibrant. This disc clearly belongs in any collection of late-20th-century music. --Paul Cook
 

CD Reviews

Speeds your pulse, then lingers in your memory
Leo Warren | Aurora, Colorado | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Joan Tower's music has passion, personality and energy to spare. This album is a fine showcase of her music for orchestra, and though not easy listening, it's certainly among the most approachable and involving serious music of recent decades."