- Iphegenia, ballet for 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 horns, cello & double bass
- Bliss, for wind ensemble
- Oracle, for orchestra
- Concerto for Orchestra
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Michael Torke: Concerto for Orchestra based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Michael Torke is certainly on to something. Often labeled as a post Minimalist, Mr. Torke composes music of great vitality and luminous colors. His manipulation of rhythm is highly original, of texture, complex and multilayered. Everything is comfortably anchored in tonality. He seamlessly incorporates disparate elements from a wide variety of genres and styles. It’s for good reason Mr. Torke is one of the most frequently performed of contemporary composers. All 4 of the compositions included on this disc are of recent vintage. The ambitious Concerto for Orchestra is particularly strong. Its 7 movements are methodically constructed upon a simple 4 note motif. Throughout its 25 minute duration, the ingenuity quotient is high. Oracle, conceived as a concert opener and scored for orchestra, is an exuberant 4 minute prelude. Bliss, scored primarily for winds, is a joyous 11 minute essay in polyrhythms. Iphegenia owes its existence to a dance commission. It’s somewhat redolent of Stravinsky in terms of its wind writing. Within its 21 minutes, there is much to absorb and savor. Recorded with various ensembles, in various venues, the sound is uniformly good as is the playing. In total, a welcome survey of recent works by a very creative American musician. The illuminating liner notes are by the composer.