Classical MPR’s Julie Amacher features Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony’s new Dawn to Dust recording on New Classical Tracks!
“The Utah Symphony celebrated its 75th anniversary this season with three newly commissioned works, all of which appear on this new recording, Dawn to Dust. It all started in the summer of 2014, when the Utah Symphony brought music and nature together by offering free concerts in each of Utah’s five national parks. Just before the tour, Thierry Fischer met with composer Nico Muhly about the anniversary commissioning idea. Very spontaneously, they both came up with the same idea. “As we had this tour planned — and Nico is a fan of Utah — and then suddenly we thought it would be a good idea to have him hanging around us for a week. He listened to rehearsals and the concert; he was listening to our orchestra while watching this stupefying scenery we were in and he wrote little sketches, ideas, and it ended up turning into an absolutely fascinating piece in five movements, reflecting five different aspects of the nature in Utah.…”