The latest album from Symphony Number One.
Symphony Number One is devoted not only to commissioning and premiering substantial works by emerging composers, but also to recording and distributing these works for the public. In 2015, we recorded our debut album, followed by an EP, Emergence, each of which featured a stunning work for chamber orchestra by a compelling compositional voice.
Now, for the first time, we are releasing a full-length album exclusively featuring emerging composers. More represents the best of Symphony Number One: three stimulating new works for chamber orchestra by a slate of three of the next generation's most promising voices, all lovingly prepared and performed in Baltimore.
—Jordan Randall Smith, Music Director
Press Release: SNO Enters Fray with New Album, More
Natalie Draper, Timelapse Variations
Timelapse Variations, for chamber orchestra, was written for Jordan Randall Smith and Symphony Number One. The time-lapse technique in film allows for a curious perception of change and growth. Visuals are sped up, but the overall effect is a glacial reflection on transition. Timelapse Variations is inspired by this technique and is therefore a meditation on the passage of time. The piece offers a sweeping soundscape, with several sections, all incorporating a variety of processes of gradual change. —Natalie Draper
Jonathan Russell, Light Cathedral
The guiding image of Light Cathedral is of a massive structure, heavy and earthbound – yet instead of stones or bricks, the building blocks are shafts of weightless, colorful light. The work evokes the psychological journey of a visitor to this cathedral: initially viewing its structure from the outside, we move inward and zoom in on the details; we visit the crypt deep in the depths; we become ecstatically swept up in the vertiginous central dome; and finally we reflect on the emotional experience of the journey. —Jonathan Russell
Andrew Posner, The Promised Burning
Inspired by the Sabbath poems of writer and activist Wendell Berry, The Promised Burning is a musical representation of man-made environmental destruction and the profound grief that future generations will feel en masse when the effects of this destruction are painfully obvious. It is a call to awaken from the delusions that we are separate from the Earth and that its resources and ecosystems are expendable tools in our fruitless attempts to satisfy our greed. —Andrew Posner
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