For most of his long career as a composer, Henry Brant has been toying with space. Whether inside a theater or in the great outdoors, Brant searched for a way to include a spatial dimension in his music. As a result, he wrote for enormous musical ensembles. The score for "Western Spring" calls for two symphony orchestras, two choirs, and two jazz combos with four conductors following different tempi. "Orbits" is written for church organ, soprano voice, and 80 trombones, an orchestration that, needless to say, gives the piece a lot of power. This CRI CD was released in 1999 in the American Masters series. It reissues material previously released on LP by CRI in 1971, 1980, and 1985. On one disc, the listener can experience Brant's musical vision, something of gigantic proportions.
AllMusic Review by François Couture
feat: Jacob Glick