An American composer who follows his own path; exciting, rhapsodic music. Composer and conductor, Anthony Iannaccone, is one of a handful of contemporary artists whose exploration of musical polarities in the 1960's and 70's consistently separated their output into populist and specialist works. In the world of music, the former tended to be tonal and accessible, while the latter leaned toward atonality and abstraction. In his own case, Iannaccone refers to these categories as "large-audience" and "small audience" music, respectively. The first three pieces on this disc demonstrate a remarkable blending and balancing of both "small" and "large-audience" music. The last two works clearly inhabit the realm of the "large-audience." Not unlike the overview afforded on earlier Albany releases of Iannaccone's music for strings (TROY 414) and music for winds (TROY 280), this CD includes works that span nearly two decades of music for the orchestral medium. From his earliest orchestral venture, Suite for Orchestra, to his most recent, From Time to Time, one can trace the development of a truly personal voice from an early mixture of influences, both traditional (Brahms, Debussy, Mahler) and modern (Stravinsky, Berg, Copland, Bartok).
Contents: Anthony Iannaccone, composer Waiting for Sunrise Janacek Philharmonic, Anthony Iannaccone, conductor
Anthony Iannaccone, composer West End Express Janacek Philharmonic, Anthony Iannaccone, conductor
Anthony Iannaccone, composer Night Rivers, Symphony No. 3 Janacek Philharmonic, Anthony Iannaccone, conductor
Anthony Iannaccone, composer From Time to Time, Fantasias on Two Appalachian Folksongs Janacek Philharmonic, Anthony Iannaccone, conductor
Anthony Iannaccone, composer Divertimento Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Anthony Iannaccone, conductor Review: "...an organicism pervades the music that holds together all the disparate elements in a unique way. [Iannaccone's] powerful, driving lines literally had me leaning forward in my chair." (American Record Guide)