Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Favorably reviewed for his Rachmaninoff 3, Terrence Wilson Has Naxos CD Coming September 29

["Michael Daugherty Metropolis Symphony"; Terrence Wilson, pianist; Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Naxos (2009)]

Rashida Black, Founder/Executive Director of the Myrtle Hart Society, told us Winston-Salem Journal had reviewed a concert Terrence had given with the Wins
ton-Salem Symphony on Sunday. On Sept. 29, 2009 Naxos will release a Michael Daugherty CD on which Terrence Wilson is pianist. The works include “Deus ex Machina”, written for Terrence and commissioned by a consortium of U.S. Orchestras:

Winston-Salem Journal
Rach 3: Pianist Terrence Wilson performs it just right
By Ken Keuffel

Published: September 14, 2009
“The memorable opening bars of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 are relatively easy to play. The rest of the concerto is mostly a bear, because of its length, the difficulty of its capricious material and chords that are so dense and wide that only the most special hands can conquer them. The pianist who takes on this piece better have stamina, concentration and skill. Terrence Wilson, who soloed in Rach 3 yesterday with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Stevens Center, is one such pianist. He starred in a program called 'The Symphony Shines,' which also featured Christopher Theofanidis' Rainbow Body and the Suite from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, in which several symphony players put in fine work as soloists. Robert Moody conducted, beginning his fifth season as the symphony's music director. Wilson did all the right things, responding to the work's athleticism, exposing its struggles and letting its sunnier moments shine. Moody led a well-coordinated performance in which the orchestra's players shined as well. They and Wilson helped remind us of why Rach 3's ending is among the most exciting and satisfying in the concerto repertoire.”
“In September 2009, Terrence Wilson's first commercial recording will be available when Naxos (touted as the world's leading classical record label) releases an album of orchestral/concerto music by famed American composer
Michael Daugherty. On the recording, Wilson is featured as piano soloist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its Music Director Designate, Giancarlo Guerrero (who begins officially as Music Director in September 2009) in the world-premiere recording of Daugherty's Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra. Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony, which brought him to international stardom after a performance by the Baltimore Symphony and conductor David Zinman at Carnegie Hall in 1995, is also featured on the new Naxos disc (performed by the NSO/Guerrero). Both pieces on the album were recorded live in performance at Laura Turner Concert Hall at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, in Nashville, TN. The recording is being released as part of Naxos' American Classics series.”

Written especially for, and premiered by Wilson, Deus ex Machina was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras which included the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as the Charlotte, Nashville, New Jersey and Syracuse Symphonies. The world premiere was given with the Charlotte Symphony on March 16, 2007, with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting. Written in three movements, Deus ex Machina (Latin for "god of the machine") finds its inspiration in the world of trains.”

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