Four Concerti
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New concertos for violin, saxophone, trombone and cello by American composer Thomas Sleeper.

Thomas Sleeper enjoys an active dual career as composer and conductor. His compositions include three symphonies, six operas, 14 concerti and numerous chamber works. His music is regularly performed through the U.S., in Europe, Asia and South America. He is director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and music director of the Florida Youth Orchestra. With this world premiere recording of four of his concerti, we discover a composer in full control of his considerable faculties. His musical voice is oblique, as language in a dream, which tends to evaporate the more you attempt to sharpen your focus. These works display a composer with something interesting and important to say in a voice that is uniquely, authentically and unmistakably his.
Thomas Sleeper, composer
Violin Concerto No. 1 "hypnagogia"
Huifang Chen, violin; Brno Philharmonic; Thomas Sleeper, conductor

Thomas Sleeper, composer
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
Dale Underwood, alto saxophone; Brno Philharmonic' Thomas Sleeper, conductor

Thomas Sleeper, composer
Translucence for Trombone and Orchestra
Tim Conner, trombone; Brno Philharmonic; Zoe Zeniodi, conductor

Thomas Sleeper, composer
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Jennifer Culp, cello; Brno Philharmonic; Thomas Sleeper, conductor

“I found this disc a fascinating introduction…to Sleeper’s style, and I will certainly be following his career to hear further evolutions in his style.” (Fanfare – Bay-ley)

“The four works, all quite different from each other, display the technique and musical mastery of a sure compositional hand, and given the excellence of the performances brought to each work, the CD will be a strong contender for my next Want List. Accord-ingly, recommended as a ‘must own’ disc for readers who like adventurous but accessible contemporary music.” (Fanfare – Canfield)
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