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|Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Chorus|
Transmigration [Hybrid SACD]
Genres: Pop, Classical
All of us have personal heroes who inspire us. Transmigration,the newest recording by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano, is a collection of hymns and requiems for those we wish to honor and remember.... more »
All of us have personal heroes who inspire us. Transmigration,the newest recording by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano, is a collection of hymns and requiems for those we wish to honor and remember. The recording comprises Samuel Barber's universal expressions of loss, Adagio for Strings and Agnus Dei; John Corigliano's Elegy to lost youth; Jennifer Higdon's setting of poetry eulogizing the slain Abraham Lincoln in Dooryard Bloom, and finally John Adams's reflection of personal grief for the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001, On the Transmigration of Souls.American conductor Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is widely considered a masterwork of modern classical music. On the advice of Arturo Toscanini, Barber reworked the Adagio movement from his first string quartet for a full string orchestra. Toscanini introduced Adagio for Strings in New York in 1938 and included it on his South American tour program. Through Toscanini's recording, the Adagio for Strings was Barber's first work to reach a wide audience. Its sad but noble quality expressed the grief of millions when it was selected for radio play immediately after the announcement of President Franklin Roosevelt's death in 1945. The piece has since remained among the first choices for music expressing sorrow and honor on the death of great public figures. Barber's Agnus Dei, performed a cappella by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, was a choral setting of the traditional Latin prayer "Agnus Dei" derived from the same Adagio movement in his first string quartet, the Adagio for Strings.John Corigliano's Elegy for orchestra was based on an incidental score he wrote for an off-Broadway production of Wallace Frey's Helen - an account of the aging Helen of Troy. He dedicated it to Samuel Barber, although it was not written in memory of Barber, as he was still very much alive when Mr. Corigliano wrote the piece in 1965. However, Mr. Barber was a valued mentor and friend, who brought the then-unknown composer to the attention of G. Schirmer, which continues to be Mr. Corigliano's publisher. Today, Mr. Corigliano is considered one of America's most prominent composers. He has been honored with a Grawemeyer Award, a Pulitzer Prize, several GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Oscar for the soundtrack to the 1998 film, The Red Violin.
Quite simply, this why we purchased SACD players
Thomas Martin | USA | 07/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't think I've heard a much better recorded or performed CD in my many years of collecting. The taped voices heard "On the Transmigration of Souls" will give you pause, and bring back that awful day all over again. Spano and his Atlantic Symphony are stunning (giving my own SF Symphony with Tilson Thomas a real run for their money). Buy it for the Corigiliano, and the Adams pieces. A wonderful recording that I hope reaches many more listeners."