A curse of the contemporary classical music composer may be that your beloved work may never be played for an audience, or once played, it will never to be heard again. There are reasons for this, of course: there is a lot vying for limited performance time and sometimes a work is simply not meritorious enough. Yet Robert Spano, the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is a master at identifying and performing great contemporary works that warrant repeat performance. This week’s concerts demonstrated the principle that a repeat hearing of a meritorious work is worth the time and effort.
© Angela Morris
Richard Prior’s 2013 work …of shadow and light… (incantations for orchestra) was given its world premiere by the ASO in October 2013. At the time, I wrote: “Dr Prior, from Emory University, has produced a stunning tone poem that is at times forbidding and anxious, while at other jubilant and exuberant. This is a piece that must find its way into the ASO's repertory, as well as that of other orchestra's.” For the complete review, go here: