LISTEN: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Zhou Tian – Concerto for Orchestra
This is a work commissioned by The Cincinnati Symphony under the direction of their respected Music Director Louis Langrée. Here’s just some of what we found at the Cincinnati Symphony’s site (but if you follow the link, there’s a lot more that’s worth the visit)
Since its founding, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has maintained an unfaltering commitment to programming and commissioning new works, resulting in a substantial contribution to the standard orchestral repertory.
This is the Fourth Movement, the Intermezzo, from the Concerto for Orchestra by Zhou Tian. Again, from the Cincinnati Symphony site’s own description:
The piece was written as a love letter to the symphony orchestra, with passages ranging from epic to extremely intimate. It is scored lushly and mostly tonally through four parts: “Glow” (a voyage to splendidness from a simple theme); “Indigo” (a musical postcard from a walk in the forest one late summer night); “Seeker’s Scherzo” (a restless game to find the true theme); and “Intermezzo – Allegro” (a fierce rhapsody that begins with a lyrical fugue). Behind the power and edginess, there is an unmistakable sense of romanticism in the music, which is also one quality that I found to be true of the Cincinnati Symphony. (Zhou Tian)