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Lentini: Through Time & Place
By Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Dana Lentini, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wayne State University Chorus and Orchestra, and The Wayne State University Wind Symphony. By James Lentini. Classical, Orchestral. Classical. CD. Navona Records #NV6273. Published by Navona Records (NX.NV6273).
Item Number: NX.NV6273
Conducted by Ricardo Averbach; Douglas Bianchi; Anthony Iannaccone; Norah Duncan IV; Jerzy Swoboda.
PARMA is proud to present THROUGH TIME AND PLACE, an ambitious cross-section of James Lentini's extensive catalog. The award-winning guitarist and composer impresses with massive tonal landscapes which can be considered exemplary in contemporary American serious music. THROUGH TIME AND PLACE's title is aptly chosen: the album contains a collection of previously unreleased recordings made over the course of Lentini's long career. Almost all of them are commissioned works or competition winners, which is obvious at first listen. They are united by the same level of craftsmanship and recurring qualities: for instance, there is a deceptive calm to Lentini's pieces - characteristic, one might even say. Expectations of tonality and form are often confirmed, only to be shattered in the very next measure. Then, of course, one finds the inevitable contrast of mood and expression: energetic phrases juxtaposed with serene lyricism, sadness mixed with humor, the sacred next to the secular. The only exception to this rule may well be Three Sacred Meditations, which powerfully remains committed to simplicity and unity. Thanks to this, in combination with the gigantic orchestral and choir setup, these works may well be the hidden gem of the album. But it's not all ethereally objective. In fact, there are plenty of personal notes on THROUGH TIME AND PLACE, such as the intimate The Angel's Journey. Lentini wrote the piece in memory of his grandparents, utilizing the letters of their names to create the main motifs. With this level of creativity on display, it is easy to see why James Lentini is such a popular choice, not only for festivals and competition committees. After all, his compositions perfectly embody the spirit of which all American contemporary music is capable. There is the fittingly vast grandeur, a sheer endlessness of sound, a tremendous spaciousness and almost otherworldly concept of time - filled to the brim with elaborate expression.