The Voice of the Composer, released on Albany Records
The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University has just released Volume 7 in a CD series titled: “The Voice of the Composer, New Music from Bowling Green” on Albany Records. The disk includes music written by composers who visited the BG campus during the annual New Music Festival held each October. These distinguished internationally known creative artists all worked with the Bowling Green Philharmonia, the University’s orchestra, coaching the all-student ensemble in their compositions. Under the direction of conductor Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, Professor of Creative Arts Excellence and Director of Orchestral Activities, the Philharmonia recorded these compositions over a period of years resulting in the collection released.
Peter Kermani, founder and president of Albany Music says of the release: “This great series continues; here with volume seven. Are you an adventurous listener? Do you enjoy contemporary orchestral music? Will you take a chance on the unfamiliar? Then this series with the Bowling Green Philharmonia conducted by Emily Freeman Brown is just what you are looking for. The recorded sound is terrific. The performances are meticulously rehearsed and the result? Perfect and in repertoire you will not hear every day. Listen for yourself. Judge for yourself. This entire series is such a rewarding and meaningful musical experience.”
The composers and works on the CD are: Shen Yiwen, First Orchestral Essay; Xiaogang Ye, Winter I, Martin Herchenröder, Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra; Braxton Blake, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Ingram Marshall, Bright Kingdom for orchestra and tape. Composer Shen Yiwen comes from Shanghai, China and currently lives in the United States. He has studied composition and conducting at the Juilliard School and is now enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Xiaogang Ye, lives in Beijing where he serves as Vice-President of the Central Conservatory of Music and director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Composer and organist Martin Herchenröder is from Siegen, Germany where he is on the faculty of the University of Siegen. Every fall he is in residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Braxton Blake lives in Ann Arbor, MI and is an active composer. His Concerto was written specifically for BGSU faculty clarinetist Kevin Schempf. Ingram Marshall lives in Connecticut and is well known for his innovative works that integrate recorded sounds with that of the live orchestra. Each work is accompanied by brief recorded comments from the composer.
The all-student ensemble called the Bowling Green Philharmonia is the premiere orchestral ensemble at Bowling Green State University. It performs a wide variety of orchestral literature from the standard repertoire to music of today. Each year, the Philharmonia participates in the internationally acclaimed New Music Festival sponsored by BGSU’s College of Musical Arts and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. In addition, the orchestra performs opera, oratorio and symphonic repertoire in concerts throughout the year.