Michael Torke: Two - Argo Band; Catherine Bott (soprano); Kurt Ollmann (baritone); Valdine Anderson (soprano); Netherlands Radio Choir (choir, chorus); Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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  1. Proverbs (4), for female voice & ensemble
  2. Book of Proverbs, for chorus & orchestra
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Rhythmically propelled, pungent with distinctive woodwind timbres, and overflowing with bright, pan-diatonic harmonies, Michael Torke's music tends toward neo-Classicism, and resembles Stravinsky's music in many ways, though it also seems strongly influenced by the minimalism of Steve Reich and Michael Nyman. The setting of texts in irregular units over compound meters is perhaps Torke's most noticeable practice, and he treats words neutrally, rather more for their sounds than for their meanings. In Torke's Four Proverbs, ...