Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2

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This recording presents first performances of four recent scores by Arlene Sierra, the American composer, now living in London. Arlene Sierra’s music packs volcanic rhythmic power into compositions that are at once atmospheric, yet possessed of inexorable forward drive. The subject matter of Sierra’s compositions is far flung, and includes East Asian studies, evolutionary biology, entomology, game theory, siege engines, and architecture, to name but a few. In recent years Sierra has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony, and both of these compositions are heard here. Sierra teaches composition at Cardiff University, Wales and the The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, led by their Principal Guest Conductor, Jac van Steen, have played Sierra’s orchestral music more frequently than any other orchestra. Their superb performances capture the visceral quality and detail of Sierra’s virtuosic scores.

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Arlene Sierra (b. 1970)

Moler (2012)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen, conductor

Piano Concerto: Art of War (2010)
Huw Watkins, piano; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen, conductor

Game of Attrition (2009)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen, conductor


Aquilo (2001)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen, conductor
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