Search catalogue


Stucky - Pinturas de Tamayo

Composer Steven Stucky
Performer Evelyn Glennie
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1622 CD
EAN 7318590016220
Format CD
Release date Mar 2010
Total time 74'35

Pinturas de Tamayo is the result of American composer Steven Stucky's encounter with the art of the Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo. Initially struck by the painting 'The Great Galaxy' - reproduced on the cover of this CD - he chose this and four other paintings as his points of departure for a five-movement suite, which although it is far from pictorial certainly offers as much colour and poetry as the paintings themselves. In Spirit Voices for percussion and orchestra, Stucky has instead explored mythical beings from around the world, including Coyote, the trickster god of the Navajo Indians, mountain goblins of Japanese folk culture, and the Scottish bean nighe, a female wraith portending death. Written for the performers on this disc, the score consists of seven movements in which the percussionist sometimes plays a soloistic role, and in others is integrated into the orchestra. Closing the disc is Stucky's Second Concerto for Orchestra for which he received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music. It was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, a team that Stucky worked closely with over a long period of time. While the Concerto is not based on any extra-musical images, it is very much a result of this collaboration, which Stucky signals both with musical references and in the title of the first movement: 'Overture (with Friends)'. The present recording is the first of all of these works, and was made in the presence of the composer. Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui have appeared on a number of highly acclaimed discs for BIS, most recently a performance of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony which caused the reviewers to describe the orchestra as 'wonderful' (, 'world-class' (International Record Review) and 'sensational' (Scherzo). A previous collaboration between the orchestra and the celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie entitled Oriental Landscapes contains three works for percussion and orchestra described by one reviewer as 'ideal vehicles for Glennie's familiarly faultless musicianship.'
Choose format
  Steven Stucky
  Spirit Voices (2002–03) for percussionist and orchestra 23'22
01 I. Jiu huang ye. Con forza 2'51
02 II. Bean nighe. Largo notturno 5'17
03 III. Ellyllon. Vivace 1'42
04 IV. Te Mangoroa. Largo 4'19
05 V. Coyote. Energico 2'38
06 VI. Tengu. Allegro di molto 1'50
07 VII. Wah’Kon-Tah. Sereno, luminoso 4'45
  Pinturas de Tamayo (Paintings of Tamayo) (1995) for orchestra 22'34
08 I. Amigas de los pájaros (Friends of the Birds). Vivo 3'16
09 II. Anochecer (Sunset). Calmo 4'41
10 III. Mujeres alcanzando la luna (Women Reaching for the Moon). Moderato 4'13
11 IV. Músicas dormidas (Sleeping Musicians). Adagio 5'04
12 V. La gran galaxia (The Great Galaxy). Tranquillo 5'20
  Second Concerto for Orchestra (2003) 27'09
13 I. Overture (with Friends). Allegramente 4'53
14 II. Variations. Andante calmato 14'58
15 III. Finale. Allegro energico 7'18
  Album total 74'35
ComposerStucky, Steven
PercussionGlennie, Evelyn
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorLan Shui
Shui, Lan
OrdhestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra

© BIS Records AB | | Phone +46 (0)8 544 102-30 BIS online store - Terms and Conditions