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Track(s) taken from LSO5070

as though birds


London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth (conductor)
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Recording details: June 2015
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Stokes
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson
Release date: April 2016
Total duration: 4 minutes 24 seconds


'There are plenty of imaginative sounds in The Panufnik Legacies, a CD from the LSO showcasing works by young composers' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Panufnik Legacies is an extremely valuable release, demonstrating the London Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music, François-Xavier Roth’s dynamic and committed conducting, and that music being written right now is in very good health' (Classical Source)
I liked the idea of something large contained in a really small space … it’s a wonderful metaphor for writing a three and a half minute piece for an orchestra …

Conceived as three miniature one-minute variations, the origins of as though birds may be traced to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts, where Ogonek was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. Here, in a small bookstore, a chance encounter with Novels in Three Lines by Parisian anarchist and art critic Félix Fénéon proved to be the creative catalyst for the work. However, finding nothing in Fénéon’s work that spoke on a musical level, Ogonek turned to a long-time collaborator, the poet and playwright Jonathan Dubow, whose matrix-like poem Fugal offered more fruitful inspiration, while still maintaining the ideal of the ‘miniature’, discovered in Fénéon. From Dubow’s text, one stanza in particular, 'as though birds, startled by a moulting sound quietly dispersed', proffered the imagistic material that Ogonek has captured so successfully in her music.

from notes by LSO Live © 2016

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