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Jennifer Higdon: On a Wire ()

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It's increasingly clear that orchestras themselves are emerging as the most effective marketing vehicle for contemporary large-scale orchestral compositions, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has taken the lead in this regard with its ASO Media label and a vigorous commissioning program complete with the creation of a so-called "Atlanta School" of composers. Such moves may seem a bit calculating, but it's hard to argue with positive results like those achieved here. American composer Jennifer Higdon deserves the wide recognition she has received; she is one of the few among her peers to thread the needle that knits connections between academic approval (she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010) and popularity among ordinary concertgoers. This disc, containing Higdon's composition On a Wire, might serve as a good introduction to her work. It's sort of a symphonic-sized concerto grosso, with the sextet eighth blackbird set against the full orchestra, including a large percussion section. Higdon generates a... Hide synopsis

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