Michael G. Cunningham composer
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra | Kirk Trevor conductor
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Vit Micka conductor
Ondrey Lebr violin
This 2014 reissue of Michael Cunningham’s SONIC FLIGHT showcases six works for orchestra that effectively illustrate the composer’s adeptness at creating compelling large-scale compositions and presenting them through adroit, inspired orchestration techniques.
The Violin Concerto is a vigorous, energetic exploration of the instrument’s capabilities, pitting the soloist against an orchestra that seeks to both support and contrast in its accompaniment. Dialogue for Orchestra and Wind is balanced by its partner piece Diaphony for Orchestra and Wind Trio, with both compositions featuring evocative colors and sonorities. Kaleidescope lives up to its name, spinning abstract, disparate musical concepts in order to finally blend them all into a cohesive whole.
Since the initial release of this album, Cunningham’s reputation as a highly accomplished craftsman has been burnished through his other Navona releases. SONIC FLIGHT provides a look back at the composer’s evolution and yields insight into where he is heading in the future.