Vocal & Chamber Works

Album cover art for upc 7318599926834
Label: BIS
Catalog: BIS-2683
Format: SACD

Sharon Bezaly Wild Beautiful Orchestra

Our understanding of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji is primarily shaped by his reputation rather than his body of work. A somewhat peripheral figure in twentieth-century music, he is celebrated for the extensive length and intricate nature of his compositions. Despite prohibiting the performance of his music, he sustained a modest income through his writings as a critic and essayist, known for their sharp wit. While Sorabji is best known for his solo piano works, many of which have been released by BIS, this album presents the first recordings of his music for chamber ensemble and chamber orchestra, alongside several world premiere recordings of art songs, including a new arrangement and the first completion of a fragment. The American ensemble Wild Beautiful Orchestra, comprising instrumentalists and singers recognized for their versatility and passion, collaborates with its founder and conductor Chappell Kingsland, alongside flautist Sharon Bezaly in the longest work, to present this program featuring previously unreleased music by the unconventional composer. The album’s remarkable diversity undoubtedly enhances our collective appreciation of Sorabji’s brilliance, serving as an entry point into his distinctive musical imagination.

Price: $33.98