The Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Harlan D Parker (conductor)
Award-winning conductor and composer Johan de Meij's remarkable works have brought him international commissions and recognition, but while recordings of his First and Third symphonies have appeared before, this is the first time that they have been brought together in a widely available, attractively priced and consistently high quality 2-CD set. His First Symphony 'The Lord of the Rings' is a spectacular evocation in five portraits and scenes based on Tolkien's tale of a grand quest and the struggle of good against evil. The Second Symphony is an ode to the symmetry of New York's streets and its massive architecture, as well as a tribute to the American styles of Copland and Bernstein, while the cinematic effects of the Third Symphony form an epic paean to the entire earth in all its miraculous beauty.
De Meij Symphony No 1 'The Lord of the Rings', Symphony No 2 'The Big Apple', Symphony No 3 'Planet Earth'
Running Time: 2 hr 4 min
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