by moonlight

by moonlight

Description: 
Luminous music, enlightened lyricism
Composers: 
Jeremy Beck
Performers: 
Dimitar Tenchey
Boris Radilov
Sofia Session Orchestra
Grigor Palikarov
The First Readings Project
David Ostenso Moore
Todd Seelye
Paul York
Jeffrey Brich
Korey Barrett
Derek Ratzenboeck
Rebecca Barnes
Jennifer Shackleton
Kathleen Costello
Robert Frankenberry
Deborah Lander
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikel Toms
Catalog Number: 
#1 051
Genre: 
new classical
Collection: 
viola
cello
strings
concerto
solo voice
Location: 

Louisville, KY

Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Mar 27, 2020
Liner Notes: 
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1 CD
One Sheet: 

by moonlight isn’t just a collection of works - it also provides a certain overview of my compositional life,” says Jeremy Beck.

Bringing together music of his present and past, this selection of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music opens a window into Beck’s sound world. From the celebratory Concertino for two cellos and strings to the pensive Serenade for orchestra, Beck’s musical language is direct and distinctly American. His music embraces a continuum of tonal compositional thought that organically embodies previous developments while moving forward in his own individual style.

Beck’s music has been called “… forceful and expressive. … concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic” (Gramophone, 2013), while the critic Joshua Kosman has noted that “…novelty isn’t the only thing music can provide, and the moody expressiveness of Beck's writing is its own reward.” (SF Gate, 2013).

Through his music – by turns confident and vulnerable, outgoing and intimate – composer Jeremy Beck reaches out to the world, sharing his artistic vision of the beauty, struggle, and thoughtful wonder that reflects part of our human experience.

Reviews: 

CLASSICAL MUSIC SENTINEL

“…American composer Jeremy Beck … seems to attach a distinctively individual compositional technique to each and every different instrument or group of instrumental or vocal forces he writes for. …[H]ighlights for me are the Echoes of a Young Poet's Dream from Dream and Echoes, performed impeccably here by the vocal ensemble The First Readings Project. It's harmonically rich dissonances pull you into a dark fog that magically lifts once you hear the goosebump inducing final chord. Also admirable are his orchestration skills made apparent in the Three Pieces for Orchestra in which different threads manifest themselves simultaneously and request your attention.” [FULL ARTICLE] - Jean-Yves Duperron

JAZZ WEEKLY

“Some rich, original and yet accessible sounds are coming out of St. Paul’s Innova Records. Creative but not cacophonic, these two albums reveal today’s most thoughtful composers.” [FULL ARTICLE]

GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW

"The music disarms me as a listener by not calling attention to itself as an example of some new trend, some flavor-of-the-month fodder for some genre cannon. Instead it beguiles purely on its own terms ... As nature becomes awakened in full spring as I write this I feel the music helps do justice to the glorious seasonal opening of buds. Most pleasurable a listen it is. Bravo Jeremy Beck." [FULL ARTICLE]

TEXTURA

"Luminous, expressive, and refined are some of the words that come to mind as the album's tonal pieces play, "by moonlight" deftly showing Beck cultivating an individual voice while operating within a tradition." [FULL ARTICLE]

CLASSICAL MUSIC SENTINEL

“…American composer Jeremy Beck … seems to attach a distinctively individual compositional technique to each and every different instrument or group of instrumental or vocal forces he writes for. …[H]ighlights for me are the Echoes of a Young Poet's Dream from Dream and Echoes, performed impeccably here by the vocal ensemble The First Readings Project. It's harmonically rich dissonances pull you into a dark fog that magically lifts once you hear the goosebump inducing final chord. Also admirable are his orchestration skills made apparent in the Three Pieces for Orchestra in which different threads manifest themselves simultaneously and request your attention.” [FULL ARTICLE] - Jean-Yves Duperron