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Stephen Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment - Veil of Tears - Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra

Nathan J. Laube, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

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Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (Three Places of Enlightenment)  
1
I. From Within
Stephen Paulus; Jun Iwasaki; Carolyn Wann Bailey; Daniel Reinker; Anthony LaMarchina; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
6:37
2
II. From Afar
Stephen Paulus; Jun Iwasaki; Carolyn Wann Bailey; Daniel Reinker; Anthony LaMarchina; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
12:46
3
III. From All Around and Radiating Ever Outward
Stephen Paulus; Jun Iwasaki; Carolyn Wann Bailey; Daniel Reinker; Anthony LaMarchina; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
5:54
To Be Certain of the Dawn  
4
Veil of Tears for String Orchestra
Stephen Paulus; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
4:29
Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra  
5
I. Vivacious and Spirited
Stephen Paulus; Nathan J. Laube; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
7:53
6
II. Austere - Foreboding
Stephen Paulus; Nathan J. Laube; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
11:36
7
III. Jubilant
Stephen Paulus; Nathan J. Laube; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero
8:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    57:20
"... a fascinating listening experience ... enormously rewarding and enjoyable ... the recording is excellently balanced: organ concertos are notoriously tricky in this respect ... the alert, characterful playing of the Nashville orchestra under Guerrero comes over with total clarity ... a wonderful CD and one I would passionately commend to anyone searching for a modern composer who is neither bamboozlingly obscure nor patronizingly accessible."
- MusicWeb International

Describing himself as a composer who can satisfy all kinds, Stephen Paulus possesses a remarkable versatility and gift for the dramatic. Concertos for string quartet and orchestra are a rarity and his Three Places of Enlightenment is both a journey of discovery for the listener and a spectacular showcase for the principal strings of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Both this concerto and the reflective Veil of Tears are considered by the composer among his most significant works. Employing hymn fragments, the Grand Concerto which rounds out this Grammy-winning release is a work of sweeping gestures and melodies as well as wide contrasts of mood and texture.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded in concert in Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, October 4 - 6, 2012 (tracks 1 - 4) and October 4 - 5, 2013 (tracks 5 - 7)
Producer and editor: Tim Handley
Engineer: Gary Call
Publisher: Paulus Publications
Booklet notes: Thomas May
Cover painting by Vincent Giordano (Dreamstime)

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