Dawn to Dust – Augusta Read Thomas: EOS (Goddess of the Dawn); Nico Muhly: Control (Five Landscapes for Orchestra); Andrew Norman: Switch

Reviewed on Wed 08 Jun, 2016

Good to have a recording of Andrew Norman’s Switch (given a compelling UK premiere last December), one of the better percussion concertos, music of substance, the solo instruments integrated into the argument.

One thing is certain, that the Utah Symphony and music director Thierry Fischer are going places. This superbly recorded anthology reports a top-drawer orchestra. Augusta Read Thomas’s EOS (Goddess of the Dawn) pulsates with life and suggestion, orchestrated with colour, a gleaming score conveying very likeable music to the ears. The Dust part (Red in colour) of the disc is supplied by Nico Muhly, alongside a Mountain, a Beehive and other Landscapes. This Utah-centric, five-movement piece doesn’t lack for flair or atmosphere but is too reliant on both and makes no more than a cursory impression. It’s good to have a recording of Andrew Norman’s Switch (given a compelling UK premiere last December), one of the better percussion concertos, music of substance, the solo instruments integrated into the argument. Much is promised at the beginning and delivered over thirty minutes. Just as he was in London, Colin Currie is amazing.
–Colin Anderson