POLYHYMNIA
Jonathan Little
Orchestral | Choral | Chamber
NV5867
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Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronsky, conductor
Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra | Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
Thomas Tallis Chamber Choir | Philip Simms, conductor



With works described as "an inspired creation" (Music & Vision), "original and quite brilliant" (Fanfare), and "immensely poetic" (Tempo), Jonathan Little has planted himself as a luminary contemporary composer. On POLYHYMNIA, his first release on Navona Records, Little is able to transform traditional influences into rich, intense, and finely structured music that lives up to his reputation. POLYHYMNIA features Polyhymnia and Terpsichore, two orchestral pieces from Little's Nine Muses series, along with the powerful Fanfare, the atmospheric string quintet Sacred Prelude, and the intricate polychoral Kyrie.


Reviews

"Polyhymnia conjures up a heart-rending panorama: it is immensely poetic, almost otherworldly, and employs an exceptionally hypnotic array of musical colour."
- Tempo

"Slick and beautifully executed material."
- babysue

"Beautiful, exciting, thrilling and remarkable in every sense...Jonathan Little has rightly earned the recognition he is now receiving, and this album is a clear example of his talent."
- Reviews New Age

"Little reflects on diverse influences...but adds a richness of coloration, dynamic shading and melodic inventiveness all his own. Small wonder that this Australian composer has gained serveral awards on both sides of the Atlantic."
- Classical Music Magazine

"...full of rich string orchestra harmonies and based on some beautiful melodic ideas. The texture is rich, and the effect is quite moving..."
- American Record Guide

"...on every piece on this disc, you can hear the influence of ancient music.... Yet, the final product sounds modern too, as Little adds his own personal elements to these sonic foundations: bursting through the panorama he paints with sudden flashes of light or menacing thunderbolts, and so projects the past into the future..."
- Kathodik







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