David Gompper: Double Concerto, Clarinet Concerto
Label: NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS
David, Wolfgang; Siffert, Emmanuel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Norsworthy, Michael; Gill, Timothy
These world premiere recordings of works by award-winning composer David Gompper reflect his recent interest in the concerto, as well as his evolution of approach through increasing complexity in time and space, textural landscape and narrative detail. The ‘Double Concerto Dialogue’ covers moods from lyrical to argumentative and inconsequential chatter to deeper reflection, while the ‘Clarinet Concerto’ relates to the energy and skill of the Parkour runner. The explosive colors of ‘Sunburst’ are associated with the star-shaped proportions of the Farey numeric series. Gompper’s exquisite ‘Violin Concerto’ can be heard on a previous Naxos release. David Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor, and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Jeremy Dale Roberts and Humphrey Searle. After teaching in Nigeria, he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Texas, Arlington. Since 1991 he has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa.