DAN LOCKLAIR (b.1949): Symphony of Seasons (Symphony No. 1), Lairs of Soundings (A Triptych) for Soprano and Orchestra, Phoenix and Again for Orchestra, In Memory - H.H.L. for String Orchestra, Harp Concerto.
Catalogue Number: 09J076
Description: Collectors of conservative symphonic music which pays full tribute to the 20th century American tradition will find much to enjoy in Locklair's music, especially the large-scale, four-movement symphony of 2002 (a Louisville Orchestra commission) which is a "Four Seasons" piece inspired by 18th century English poet James Thomson's "The Seasons" (whose relevant passages are printed in the booklet). The harp concerto, based largely on modal thematic material, is from 2004 and, like the symphony, uses prominent percussion parts (especially marimba) which season the attractively flowing music in a special way. In Memory (2005) is a heartfelt Barber Adagioesque piece worthy of the comparison, Phoenix and Again (1983) derives its celebratory motives from a Thurigian folk song and Lairs of Soundings (1982) sets two Ursula LeGuin poems with a vocalise center movement. Janeanne Houston (soprano), Jacquelyn Bartlett (harp), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kirk Trevor.