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Robert Ackerman
     

Robert Ackerman

by Tristan Willems
 
A versatile multi-instrumentalist and skilled improviser, Robert Ackerman is also a talented composer of works that often feature his principal instruments: flute, clarinet, and saxophone. As this 2005 release from Albany demonstrates, Ackerman favors a concertante style; works such as his "Aphorisms for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion, and strings"; the "Suite for

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A versatile multi-instrumentalist and skilled improviser, Robert Ackerman is also a talented composer of works that often feature his principal instruments: flute, clarinet, and saxophone. As this 2005 release from Albany demonstrates, Ackerman favors a concertante style; works such as his "Aphorisms for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion, and strings"; the "Suite for flute, harp, percussion, and strings"; the "Conversation for flute and orchestra"; and the "Aubade for tenor saxophone and orchestra" highlight these particular winds as the leading parts, against which the other players provide secondary counterpoint and accompaniment. Yet Ackerman's abilities as an orchestral composer are best represented in his neo-Romantically styled "Dances for orchestra," and his "Studies for string orchestra," which show his firm grasp of ensemble writing and professional scoring. Ackerman's accessible tonal language and lush sonorities make his music appealing on the surface, though the actual substance of his works may seem a little simplistic, derivative, and commercially calculated on repeated listening. The performances by Ackerman and various other soloists with the State Philharmonic-Koscie and the Slovak Radio Orchestra are all clear and expressive, and Albany's sound quality is fine, with natural resonance.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Albany Records
UPC:
0034061073321
catalogNumber:
733

Tracks

  1. Dances for Orchestra
  2. Aphorisms (3) for Flute, Clarinet, Harp, Percussion & Strings
  3. Suite for Flute, Harp, Percussion & Strings
  4. Conversations for Flute & Orchestra
  5. Studies (2) for String Orchestra
  6. Twist, for Voice & Orchestra
  7. Sakala, for Voice & Orchestra
  8. Aubade, for Tenor Saxophone & Orchestra
  9. Planet of Abundance, Recitation for Voice & Orchestra

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