New Dawn

New Dawn

Description: 
Another sunrise
Composers: 
Lawrence Moss
Performers: 
Kadisha Onalbayeva
Kiev Philharmonic
Composers Choir
Eric Kutz
Audrey Andrist
Danielle Talamantes
Sarah Eckman McIver
Joel Ayau
Lee Hinkle
Khasma Piano Duo
Ashlee Mack
Katherine Palumbo
Catalog Number: 
#1 027
Genre: 
new classical
Collection: 
chamber
orchestra
piano
choral
solo voice
flute
percussion
Location: 

Silver Spring, MD

UPC: 
726708602727
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Jun 28, 2019
Liner Notes: 
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New Dawn

One Sheet: 

Moss doesn’t grow under his feet. Nor between his ears. Indeed, at a spry 91 years of age, Lawrence Moss is at the top of his game and enjoying an active life of family and prolific composing following 56 years of teaching at Mills, Yale, and University of Maryland, College Park. His previous innova album, New Paths (#777, 2011), pointed out some directions of artistic exploration; now, with New Dawn, he takes us on yet more journeys of promise and possibility.

New Dawn is also the title of a tone poem for orchestra (here the Kiev Philharmonic) based on five Tang Dynasty poems, and if you notice a poetic theme that connects many of the tracks on this album you wouldn’t be far wrong. Dreams by Day and Night is a setting of Li Bai’s poetry, in translations by Moss himself from the original Chinese, and sung by the rising operatic star, Danielle Talamantes. She also sings 4 Haiku for our Time – short poems by Moss on subjects ranging from a kitten’s pawprints on a car windshield to larger questions about the fate of our planet in turmoil.

Walt Whitman – the poet of Democracy and Darwin – is represented in two works; Voyagers for chorus (The Composers’ Choir) and piano, on the theme of death as an adventure into the unknown; and Grand is the Seen for soprano, flute, and piano, a celebration of things seen and unseen.

The remaining works on the album may not have text but are nonetheless rich in allusion. Gamelan for flute and percussion is a colorful take on the traditional Balinese orchestra; De Profundis for piano duet references a canyon in Colorado and a Mass by Josquin; and Ligeti Light alludes to György Ligeti’s piano etudes before flying off in its own direction, lickety split. Moments for cello and piano and Five Bagatellesfor solo percussion are more abstract suites where the star performers take us on virtuoso tours and the contrasting moods found along the way.

The performers on New Dawn all have illustrious international accolades and bring special fervor to this mossy sunrise full of life and texture.

Reviews: 

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

"fascinating and well-written music with a bit of stylistic variety." [FULL ARTICLE] - Lynn Bayley

TEXTURA

"New Dawn itself is anything but bleak. On the contrary, its cumulative tone is celebratory, not just in the way it presents a broad overview of Moss's work but also in the way it showcases the exceptional creative vitality of a ninety-one-year-old composer." [FULL ARTICLE