Gateways – Music of Daniel Asia

Gateways – Music of Daniel Asia
Catalog number: 285

Tracks:

> 01 Gateways
comp: Daniel Asia
> 02 Piano Concerto - Mvt. 1. Allegro
comp: Daniel Asia
> 03 Piano Concerto - Mvt. 2. Calm and serene
> 04 Piano Concerto - Mvt. 3. Dancelike
> 05 Black Light - Mvt. 1. Largo, in a restraining manner
comp: Daniel Asia
> 06 Black Light - Mvt. 2. Bright and dazzling

Asia’s celebratory “Gateways” caught the CSO full sail. Written in honor of the CSO’s 100th anniversary, the title recalls Cincinnati’s historic “gateway” role. Combining intricate rhythms and boisterous Midwestern braggadocio, it sounds like a mix of Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. Brassy, robust “oompahs” alternate with quieter episodes, conveying an infectious, all-American optimism… In fact, if another “Fanfare for the Common Man” (by Aaron Copland, premiered by the CSO in 1943) is to come from this season’s crop of centennial fanfares, Asia’s “Gateways” may be it.  –M. E. Hutton, The Cincinnati Post

The second half premiered Daniel Asia’s Gateways, a brilliant fanfare with appealing character and colorful, Stravinsky-esque harmony and texture. Its superb orchestration is evidence of the craftsmanship of this composer.  –J. Gelfand, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Schub’s performance of the challenging but listener-friendly Piano Concerto is a tour de force. Sedares and the orchestra handle the complex and varied orchestration with an excellence that underscores the New Zealand Symphony’s fine reputation….this recording should make a major step toward getting Asia the recognition he deserves.  –M. Bargreen, The Seattle Times


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