Symphony No. 4/Concertos
DAVID MASLANKA Symphony No. 4/Concertos TROY774-75 - Price: $33.98
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Maslanka at his best in these two concertos, a symphony and two shorter works.

Born in 1943, David Maslanka studied composition at Oberlin and received his graduate degrees from Michigan State University where his teacher and mentor was H. Owen Reed. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. Maslanka has written nearly 30 major works for wind ensemble, among them five symphonies, nine concertos, a Mass, and a large variety of concert pieces. Four of the five works on this recording are world premier recordings, the one exception being Symphony No. 4, which appears on another Albany Records recording (TROY503). The Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion (1974-76) was Maslanka's first work for wind ensemble. The work received its premiere three years later by the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by Frederick Fennell. According to Maslanka, "That fine first performance opened the door to my long and happy career of writing for winds." Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds, and Percussion is in five movements - each one songlike with a programmatic backdrop. Maslanka says of Testament: "A testament is a statement of belief, in this case in the power of music to harmonize and to heal. Testament was written in response to the events of September 11. Out of the initial stunned confusion has come my firm conviction that making music is now more important than ever." Traveler was written in 2003 to commemorate the career of Ray Lichtenwalter, the Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Arlington. It is based on the chorale melody Nicht so traurig, nicht so sehr ("Not so sad, not so much.") According to Maslanka, "The roots of Symphony No. 4 are many. The central driving force is the spontaneous rise of the impulse to shout for the joy of life..." Albany Records is proud to continue its commitment to the extraordinary music of David Maslanka. Our catalog now boasts 17 recordings of his works. For the complete listing go to www.albanyrecords.com.
Contents:
David Maslanka, composer
Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele, conductor, Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano

David Maslanka, composer
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds, and Percussion
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele, conductor, Steven Hesla, piano

David Maslanka, composer
Testament
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele, conductor

David Maslanka, composer
Traveler
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele, conductor

David Maslanka, composer
Symphony No. 4
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele, conductor

Review:
"If you've somehow managed to miss the wonderful work of...David Maslanka, this two-disc set is a good way to get acquainted with his unique and uncompromising voice." (American Record Guide)
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