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Norbert Palej and Berlioz from Centaur

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« on: December 12, 2012, 09:27:08 pm »

Just a rather interesting release I thought I'd point out. Centaur will be releasing a disc featuring the vocal/orchestral music of the contemporary Polish-American composer Norbert Palej (strangely, I cannot find his date of birth anywhere). Here is an excerpt from Palej's biography on his website:

Originally from Cracow, Poland, Norbert Palej has been increasingly recognized for his “first-rate and genuinely original work” (American Composers Orchestra), and a musical language that generates “visceral excitement” (The Boston Globe).

On the disc will be Palej's "The Poet and the War" for soprano and chamber orchestra (20 minutes) as well as "Rorate Coeli" for string orchestra (11 minutes). I do not what possessed Centaur to have Berlioz's "Nuits d'ete" be the coupling, but, as I do not possess a recording of that particular piece in my collection, I'll probably be getting this disc Grin! The performers are Shannon Mercer, soprano and the strangely named chamber orchestra "group of twenty-seven" (yes, it is meant to be all lowercase) under the direction of Eric Paetkau.

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