Release Date: March 25, 2014
Catalog #: NV5946
Format: Digital & Physical

Sonic Flight

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.


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Artist Information

Michael G. Cunningham


Michael G. Cunningham was born in Warren MI in 1937 and holds music degrees from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. After limited teaching appointments at four different universities, he remained Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 1973 to 2006. Since 1958 Cunningham has created a large catalog of various types of music for all manner of performer combinations and situations.

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Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra


The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the foremost and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in the historical capital of Moravia, the city of Olomouc, and has been a leader of music activities in the region for the past 70 years. Its artistic development was directly influenced by distinguished figures from the Czech and international music scene.

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