Three Manhattan Bridges
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Two world premiere recordings of orchestral works by Michael Torke, one of America's most renowned composers.

The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, gives world premiere performances of two commissioned works by the distinguished American composer Michael Torke. Torke's music has been called "some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years." (Gramophone) Hailed as a "master orchestrator whose shimmering timbral palette makes him the Ravel of his generation" (New York Times), Michael Torke has created a substantial body of works in virtually every genre. Torke has served as Composer In Residence for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has founded Ecstatic Records. The two works on this recording include a concerto for piano and orchestra titled Three Manhattan Bridges. Torke uses bridges as a metaphor for connecting to an earlier stance that music once had of a direct relationship with its audience. The second work, titled Winter's Tale is a concerto for cello and orchestra. Though not based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, it is inspired by lines from the play.
Michael Torke, composer
Three Manhattan Bridges, for piano and orchestra
Joyce Yang, piano; Albany Symphony; David Alan Miller, conductor

Michael Torke, composer
Winter's Tale, for cello and orchestra
Julie Albers, cello; Albany Symphony; David Alan Miller, conductor

"…Torke writes orchestral music that feels inspired by the natural joy of jazz and pop, without sounding quite like either. He's probably our most instantly accessible modern American composer, and any orchestra looking to expand its audience's tastes ought to consider Torke. You can't help but smile when you listen, and when you're leaving the concert hall, that's a good feeling to have." (Nathan Cone)
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