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Robert Kurka: Symphonic Works
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Robert Kurka: Symphonic Works
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Cedille Records CDR 90000 077

"10/10 -- I have no hesitation in acclaiming this disc as one of the most important and rewarding releases of 2004." (

"[A] splendid sampling of Kurka's orchestral works. . . . The pieces recorded here reveal a prodigious imagination coupled with relentless energy." (La Scena Musicale)

"Listeners given to wondering why nobody is writing American music like American composers used to write will welcome this enjoyable collection of orchestral music by the lamented Robert Kurka." (Chicago Tribune)

"[Carlos] Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra perform . . . with exuberance, commitment and edge." - The New York Times
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PROGRAM (64:00)

ROBERT KURKA (1921-1957)

1 Julius Caesar, Symphonic Epilogue after Shakespeare, Op. 28 (1955) (8:52)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 24 (1953) (21:19)
2 Allegro molto (7:57)
3 Andante espressivo (6:39)
4 Presto gioioso (6:36)

5 Music for Orchestra, Op. 11 (1949) (13:44)*

Serenade for Small Orchestra, Op. 25 (1954) (19:42)
6 Allegro molto (6:08)
7 Adagio molto espressivo (4:33)
8 Presto (3:28)
9 Allegro (5:23)

Producer: James Ginsburg Engineers: Christopher Willis & Bill Maylone Graphic Design: Melanie Germond Front cover photo: Grant Park Music Shell c. 1940 Chicago Park District Special Collections Recorded: June 29 & 30, 2002 (1-4) and June 27 & 28, 2003 (5-9) in Orchestra Hall, Chicago Publishers: All works published by G. Schirmer. This recording is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.