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Rainbow Body ()

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At first blush, the music of greatest interest on this disc might appear to be Rainbow Body by Christopher Theofanidis and blue cathedral by Jennifer Higdon. Theofanidis demonstrates that orchestration is his strength, and he makes good use of his skills. Yet in spite of the sumptuous sonorities he produces, Theofanidis seems caught up in late-romantic grandiosity. His arching melodies and swelling chords are impressive sounding, but the music is predictable and less than ecstatic at the end. Higdon's blue cathedral is an atmospheric rhapsody of considerable charm and evocative color. The only thing holding this piece back is its fast middle section, which merely provides contrast. Its headlong charge breaks the delicate ambience Higdon carefully established at the beginning, and ultimately turns the work's best music into a frame for its rather ordinary material. In the end, Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1, a richly scored work from his youth, and Aaron Copland's evergreen, Appalachian Spring, are the... Hide synopsis

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