Robert Spano Conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere Recording of Michael Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Telarc to release simultaneous CD and SACD
On February 26, Telarc will release the world premiere recording of Michael Gandolfi’s expanded version of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, an hour-long work inspired by architect Charles Jencks’ mystical garden in Scotland and Jencks’ book of the same name.
Robert Spano conducted the world premiere of Gandolfi’s original 20-minute, four-movement work at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2004, followed by performances with several American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was so well received in Atlanta that, as part of the orchestra’s Atlanta School, the ASO commissioned Gandolfi to add additional movements to the piece, each of which he named after different features in Jencks’ garden.
Jencks has described his garden as a new grammar of landscape designed to bring out the basic elements that recent science has found to underlie the cosmos, such as wave theory, sub-atomic particles, the diversity of DNA, the birth and expansion of the universe, and super-string theory. In writing The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Gandolfi said, “I’ve been interested in modern physics, and it seemed proper for music to participate in this magnificent joining of physics and architecture.” This recording marks the first of a major work for orchestra by Gandolfi and introduces a fresh new voice in American orchestral music.