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Release Date: February 12, 2016

Catalog #: NV6025

 

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

1  Shredding Glass – for orchestra (2004)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

 

2  Reversing Mirrors in the Quiet – for small orchestra (2012)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský, conductor

 

3  Tracing a Dream – for orchestra (2009)

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Ovidiu Marinescu, conductor

 

4  Fast Through Dark Winds – for small orchestra (2013)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský, conductor

 

5  Within a Dance – a tone poem of love – for small orchestra (2012)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský, conductor

 

6  Yet Still Night – a nocturne for orchestra (2001)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

 

7  Of Time Remembered – for orchestra (2011)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský, conductor

 

 

 

 

ALSO ON NAVONA RECORDS

 

 

LUMINESCENCE (NV5969)

Dream Vapors

Rain Worthington

 

OVERVIEW

 

Music can possess the power to take hold of our emotions, guiding us along an imagined journey that stirs our inner being, a concurrently unique and familiar experience. New York composer Rain Worthington writes music to captivate the listener, creating textural and lyrical worlds that are inhabited by various colors and tones. On DREAM VAPORS, her full-length solo debut on Navona Records, the composer offers a selection of her orchestral works, presenting intense dreams, intangible perceptions, and musically evocative elaborations.

 

Worthington’s orchestral works place opposing emotional states side-by-side, juxtaposing them to form vulnerable gestures of tension and harmony. Works like Shredding Glass – described by Scott Locke in the Journal of International Alliance for Women in Music, as providing “exquisite disintegration, mere glass filaments casting light in all directions, with an undercurrent of unresolved apprehension… The texture is transparent but luminous, reminiscent perhaps of the late works of Mahler” – address the acceptance of devastating events, overcoming them with steadfast courage and transcendence. Conveying the impressionistic logic of dreams and emotions, Worthington expresses fear and sadness, conviction and love sometimes within the same piece.

 

Works such as Fast Through Dark Winds and Tracing a Dream emphasize how the desolate and despairing can heighten the joyous and tranquil. Yet Still Night exemplifies the composer’s use of texture, dynamics, and phrasing to convey an emotion: “Worthington has achingly difficult things to say to us, and her use of chromaticism, especially downward chromatic movement, to convey anguish, is very effective” (MusicWeb International). Worthington depicts a reality in her music that is relatable, direct, and inviting, revealing an environment in which the stuff of dreams can come alive.

 

Study scores, videos, reviews, and a printable digital booklet

containing liner notes is available at:

 

www.navonarecords.com/dreamvapors

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Music journalist Bob Briggs noted that Worthington “writes music which speaks to the senses, is packed with real emotion and, most important of all in contemporary music, really communicates”

 

Worthington’s music has been performed in a wide variety of venues from loft performance spaces and dance clubs in New York City, to chamber concerts in Spain, India, Brazil, and Iceland

 

She is praised by Kyle Gann of Chamber Music magazine for taking “ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park... And [her music] isn't afraid to come up with its own startling conclusions”

 

Worthington’s work is featured on the Navona Record releases LIGHT & SHADOW (NV5847), PARADIGMS (NV5880), LUMINESCENCE (NV5969), and ELEMENTS RISING (NV5990)

 

 

 

 

Biography

 

Rain Worthington has a distinct voice within the field of contemporary music. As music journalist Bob Briggs noted, “…she writes music which speaks to the senses, is packed with real emotion and, most important of all in contemporary music, really communicates.

– MusicWeb-International

 

World music, minimalism and romanticism have influenced Worthington’s compositional style. Her music has been performed in a wide variety of venues from loft performance spaces and dance clubs in New York City, to chamber concerts in Spain, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Iceland, and India.

 

Using the palette of chamber and orchestra instrumentations, Worthington’s emotionally evocative work is nuanced, delicate, powerful, and transporting. Her music takes “…ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park… And isn’t afraid to come up with its own startling conclusions.”

– Kyle Gann, Chamber Music Magazine

 

PARMA Recordings breaks ground with the first solo album release of Worthington’s selected orchestral music, DREAM VAPORS on Navona Records.

 

Miolina, Ricochet Duo, Zeitgeist, Third Wheel, Englewinds, DoubleEntendre, and the North/South Chamber Orchestra have premiered her chamber music. Worthington’s music has been featured at the PARMA Music Festival, and in articles and reviews in the American Record Guide, IAWM Journal, Chamber Music Magazine, Fanfare, and MusicWeb-International.

 

 http://rainworthington.com

 

 

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