Far Away
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Music in a unique styleÑAmerican minimalist combined with the European classical style.

Milos Raickovich, composer and conductor, has lived and worked in Belgrade, Paris, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hiroshima and New York. He writes music in a unique style -- "New Classicism" -- that has been described as "...a combination of the American Minimalist style with European Classical and Romantic music." (John Schaefer, WNYC's "New Sounds") Love, passion and longing are the recurring themes in all the works on this disc. FAR AWAY includes six pieces, each based on a different type of scale, including various 3, 5, 6, and 7-note scales. The opening piece is the energetic and primal Flying Trio, for violin, cello and piano. The Romantic-sounding Sonata and Three Romances are works grounded in the Minimalist approach. A meditative, Asian influenced film score "El contorno" Variations is also included, as well as B-A-G-D-A-D, played by the RTS Symphony Orchestra from Belgrade. (Three other arrangements of the same piece are included in Milos Raickovich's antiwar CD B-A-G-D-A-D, Albany Records.) FAR AWAY concludes with the nostalgic Winter Waltz.
Milos Raickovich, composer
Flying Trio
The EVI Trio

Milos Raickovich, composer
Tatjana Rankovich, piano

Milos Raickovich, composer
B-A-G-D-A-D, Music on a six-note theme
RTS Symphony Orchestra, Milen Nachev, conductor

Milos Raickovich, composer
"El contorno" Variations
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello, Mios Raickovich, piano

Milos Raickovich, composer
Three Romances
Barry Crawford, flute, Jasna Popovic, piano

Milos Raickovich, composer
Winter Waltz
RTS Symphony Orchestra, Bojan Sudjic, conductor

"Milos Raickovich's program covers music from as early in his career as 1979 and as late as 2006. The earliest piece, Flying Trio, begins with the yearning and flowing 'Lonely Rider'. Pushed along by the piano's earnest efforts, the violin and cello play simple, classical melodies reminiscent of Schubert with moments of Beethoven. 'Anger and Love' is passionate and tempestuous. The violin howls malevolently while the cello reaches high and low before a quiet lullaby appears. B-A-G-D-A-D, an antiwar piece written in its original version in 2002, is the only piece on the program that uses a diatonic scale. Raickovich spreads a simple motive through his piece with care before erupting into rapturous orchestra hits that become displaced. A loud section is expected in an antiwar piece, but composers often get carried away. Raickovich's execution is controlled, mournful, and no more bombastic than it need be. The solo sections for flute, oboe, and harp are rustic and pleading. El Contorno Variations is a work for cello and piano based on a five-note scale and written for Evan Chan's film The Map of Sex and Love. Raickovich includes East Asian motives and techniques to approximate traditional Asian instruments. The seven variations of the dark, bleak, them offer lightly prepared piano, plucked strings, slides and echoes. Winter Waltz has the approachable nature of one of his composition teachers, David Del Tredici, and the sensibilities of Tchaikovsky. Composed with only five tones, the piece swirls as its traditional waltz motif is passed to different instruments." (American Record Guide)
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