Analekta is very proud to announce the release of the excellent album Into the Wonder, which features the world premiere recordings of two works by Canadian Jordan Pal, one of the most promising composers of his generation, performed by the Gryphon Trio and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Arthur Post.
It’s been an exhilarating experience performing and recording the music of Jordan Pal. From my first encounter, I was attracted to his music’s compositional integrity. Here was new music animated by logical and natural progressions, music that embraced traditional tonality, pulse, and expression, while displaying a distinctly 21st century sonic brilliance. – Arthur Post
Strongly inspired by nature’s beauty and the mysteries of the universe, Jordan Pal offers two fascinating pieces, imbued with a vivifying lyricism and great finesse. About those works, the composer says “By suggesting through the comparable power of music nature’s awe-inspiring capabilities, my hope is to inspire a greater appreciation of our environment. After all, music is possibly the only human endeavor that has the potential to match nature’s evanescent splendour.”
Born in Toronto, Jordan Pal is described as a composer “to watch” (La Presse). Juno-nominee, Mr. Pal’s work has been lauded by audiences, critics and leading industry professionals, while being described as “truly breathtaking, brillantly imaginative” (concertonet.com) and “beautifully crafted” (American Record Guide).
Approaching its 25th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphon Trio is committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
L’Orchestre symphonique de Thunder Bay (TBSO) The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is one of the most remotely located symphonies in Canada. Celebrating its 57th season, the TBSO continues to entertain and enrich the lives of Northwestern Ontario residents with thrilling concerts, outreach performances, regional touring, educational programs and concerts, and recordings of both classical and popular music.
Internationally recognized as an insightful and versatile musician, American conductor Arthur Post was Music Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2017. He has built a reputation as an engaging communicator and audience-builder whose compelling programming integrates the great classics with music reflecting local cultures and concerns. He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles, including the Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, New Jersey, North Carolina and San Antonio symphonies.
“wonderful and evocative“