PER NØRGÅRD (b.1932): Now the World is White with Snow for 4 Euphoniums, 4 Tubas and Choir (Ars Nova Copenhagen), Massifs-Crystals-Cascades for 12 Trombones, Fanfára Nervòsa for Alto Saxophone, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones and Percussion, Musaic for 5 Trumpets and 3 Trombones, Backlight for 2 Trumpets, 4 Trombones and 2 Tubas.
Catalogue Number: 08J084
Reference: CLASSCD 730
Description: Nørgard's characteristic style, grounded in tonality and rich, sumptuous harmony, spiced up with jarring dissonances and transported to strange, alien landscapes by the judicious employment of clusters, microtonal glides and innovative spatial effects, naturally lends itself to highly effective music for brass ensemble. Massifs fully employs the full sonority of an ensemble of trombones in what sounds like an evocation of a harsh landscape under a lowering sky. The "Nervous Fanfare" is just that - a work of genial good humor that can't quite achieve the pomp it seems to be striving for. Both Musaic and Backlight have a strong spatial component - they were originally intended for performance in circumstances that permitted the exploitation of natural acoustical phenomena -and both have multi-layered, three-dimensional quality written into the music. The five sections of Now all the earth are arrangements for choir and tuba ensemble of choral works by Nørgard as an alternative version of the purely instrumental piece. Atmospheric and with a somber beauty, they have a generally more tonal feel than the other music here, though as always with Nørgard uneasy dissonances are never far away, without ever rendering the music inaccessibly modern. Royal Academy of Music Low Brass Ensemble; Elgar Howarth.