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Sonorous, experimental orchestral works.

With this handful of works by composers with Oregon connections, the Portland Youth Philharmonic re-enters the lists of Northwest recording orchestras - among whom it was the first. In the '60s and '70s the Philharmonic recorded 10 works by eight composers on the CRI label - to good press and public reception. Six of those pieces had been commissioned by the Philharmonic under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The rationale at the time was that young musicians could be the best proponents for new music except that often it was beyond their reach technically. To meet this problem, the Philharmonic invited composers to produce works that were a little less difficult but still true to their own style. This recording was made to celebrate the Philharmonic's 70th Anniversary and continue the commitment to contemporary music. Composers whose works receive world premiere recordings on this disc are Salvador Brotons, Kevin Walczyk, John Van Buren, Bryan Johanson and Jacob Avshalomov.
Jacob Avshalomov, composer
Open Sesame!
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor

Salvador Brotons, composer
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor

Bryan Johanson, composer
Cretan Rhapsody
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor

John Van Buren, composer
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor

Kevin Walczyk, composer
The Delphic Suite
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor

"The Portland Youth Philharmonic, begun in 1924, has a distinguished history and quite a few recordings behind it, and it's nice to see it back with a truly unusual program of new music. These pieces, all written for the orchestra and all fairly conservative in style, vary in quality; but the performances are remarkable. Conductor Avshalomov's Open Sesame! Is entertaining, and the Walczyk and Van Buren suites and the Johanson Cretan Rhapsody contain appealing music." (American Record Guide)
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