Walter Ross

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St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra | Vladimir Lande, conductor; Artem Chirkov, double bass
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra | Robert Black, conductor; Marjorie Mitchell, piano
Warsaw National Philharmonic | George Manahan, conductor; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

On TRIUMVIRATE, composer Walter Ross' second release on Ravello Records, the concerto is showcased as a genre, illustrating that tension and opposition can create balance and richness. Throughout the three concerti, themes, timbres, rhythms, and tempos juxtapose each other, building webs of contrasting musical elements and textures. In Ross' Clarinet Concerto, the two outer movements, "Fantasia" and "Capriccio," move with the energy of dance rhythms while the middle movement, "Romanza," drifts with dreaminess and impressionistic lyricism. His Piano Concerto, Mosaics opens with an episodic first movement, pairing syncopated rhythms with tuneful melodies. The second movement, "Largo malincolico," dynamically matches a melancholic section with a celebratory section as the third movement, considered a "devil's dance fantasy," builds suspense and mystery before going into a playful and percussive flourish.

Walter Ross is a retired tenured professor at the University of Virginia, whose works have been performed in over 40 countries. In 1965, Ross received the Organization of American States Fellowship, providing him the opportunity to study composition under famous Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. He served as the President of the Southeastern Composers League, has had two residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and has been a visiting composer at the Aspen Music Festival.

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