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American Orchestral Works
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Cedille Records CDR 90000 090

"[Carlos] Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra perform . . . with exuberance, commitment and edge." - The New York Times

Cedille Records' recordings of American music with the Grant Park Orchestra (ensemble in residence for Chicago's summer Grant Park Music Festival) and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar have garnered raves and awards for their spirited performances and spectacular sound.

Their newest CD, American Orchestral Works contains world-premiere recordings of music by three generations of contemporary composers, some well established, others poised for greatness.

Featured are Barbara Kolb's propulsive All in Good Time (1993), Aaron Jay Kernis's richly chromatic Sarabanda in Memoriam (2003), Michael Hersch's powerful Ashes of Memory (1999), John Corigliano's celebratory Midsummer Fanfare (2004), and John Harbison's masterfully crafted Partita for Orchestra (2000).

Recorded in the new, acoustically superb Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago's Millennium Park, Cedille's vibrant American Orchestral Works is not your typical summer fest fare.
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

Program (76:00)

World Premiere Recording

Barbara Kolb (b. 1939)
1 All in Good Time (1994) (10:36)

Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960)
2 Sarabanda in Memoriam (1997-arr. 2003) (17:34)

Michael Hersch (b. 1971): Ashes of Memory (1999) (19:29)
3 I. Largo (8:15)
4 II. Molto Grave (11:10)

John Corigliano (b. 1938)
5 Midsummer Fanfare (2004) (5:49)

John Harbison (b. 1938)
Partita for Orchestra (2000) (22:00)
6 I. Praeludium-Fantasia (6:43)
7 II. Rondo-Capriccio (2:29)
8 III. Aria-Sarabande (7:34)
9 IV. Courante-Gigue (5:03)

Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Eric Arunas and Bill Maylone / Recorded "Live" in Concert: July 1 & 2, 2004 (Kolb, Kernis, Hersch) and July 1 & 2, 2005 (Corigliano, Harbison) at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago / Graphic Design: Melanie Germond, Pete Goldlust / Front Cover Photo: The Grant Park Orchestra performing in the Jay Pritzker Pavilionin Chicago’s Millennium Park © Kosta Trimovski