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This recording is a musical road trip from the unique creative world of Michael Daugherty, one of America’s most performed composers, and the visionary conductor Marin Alsop, who has championed his music for over 20 years.
The music takes off with Route 66, a high-octane nostalgic drive from Illinois to California through ‘Main Street America’, as seen through Daugherty’s rear view mirror. Along the way, we stop at Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe created her brilliant paintings inspired by the open skies and bone-parched earth of New Mexico. Arriving in Los Angeles, Daugherty takes us for a tuneful spin down Sunset Strip where anything can happen, and it usually does. Our journey concludes as we travel into the fourth dimension with Time Machine, an adventure in rhythm, sound and space for three conductors and orchestra.
“Daugherty obviously knows how to handle large orchestral forces. Marin Alsop and her Colorado orchestra respond with vivid and committed playing." Music Web International
Michael Daugherty: Route 66
Michael Daugherty: Ghost Ranch
II. Above Clouds
III. Black Rattle
Michael Daugherty: Sunset Strip
I. 7 PM
III. 7 AM
Michael Daugherty: Time Machine
“Route 66 and Sunset Strip [are] entertaining musical travelogues in which Daugherty turns the orchestra into the biggest of big bands, adding value to jazz and pop cliches...These confident, loose-limbed performances demonstrate how [Alsop] succeeded...in turning the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra into just about the best American orchestra in Europe.”
“Alsop has her players responding to the tearing energy of Route 66 - a journey along the famous interstate - and the roguishness of Sunset Strip with verve and precision...The BSO plays with a headlong flair and expertise that any American Orchestra would rightly be proud of.”
“There is much to admire about this lively and colourful recording...not least the manner in which the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop actively thrive on playing music that communicates in such an immediate and engaging way.”
“Michael Daugherty treads a very cleverly judge line - he manages to write music which sounds slick and polished but which somehow retains a fresh and natural quality, perhaps because it's so up-front and open in its freewheeling enthusiasm...Marin Alsop does this kind of repertoire well and, aided by her two (also female) colleagues in The Time Machine, produces readings with the kind of in-your-face vigour that the music needs.”
11th March 2011
“In works such as Route 66 and Sunset Strip [Daugherty] paints the hopes and dreams embodied in Interstate highways, wide-open spaces and all-night bars where Frank Sinatra crooned. These are winning and affectionate”
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