TOWER: Made in America / Tambor / Concerto for Orchestra

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1 Made in America [Made in America] 13:21 44.1/16 Album only
2 Tambor [Tambor] 14:11 44.1/16 Album only
3 Part II (Concerto for Orchestra) 15:37 44.1/16 Album only
4 Part I (Concerto for Orchestra) 13:06 44.1/16 Album only

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Joan Tower’s bold and energetic music, with its striking imagery and novel structural forms, has won her large, enthusiastic audiences. Made in America is a fantasy on the theme of the unofficial national anthem, America the Beautiful, and its orchestration depicts the color and landscape of the country. The work has already been performed in all fifty states, an unprecedented achievement for a brand-new composition. The rhythmically driven Tambor demonstrates Tower’s self-proclaimed passion for percussion, and her Concerto for Orchestra features solo passages from individual instruments, requiring precision and virtuosity from soloists and ensemble alike.

[4 stars] You don't need the title piece, Made in America, to identify the composer's country of origin; listen to Tower's rhythmic drive and love of orchestral spectacle. Seventy next year, she's a leading figure of the middle ground. The best piece here is her Concerto for Orchestra “ though its 28 minutes leave little time off for a lemonade. Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony lap up the fuss and glory. Not music for eternity, but worth a spin. - Geoff Brown, The Times, May 2007