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The Final Journey

09 JUL 09 JASON SERINUS

Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses' new Telarc recording Transmigration, a moving testament to those who have left us, takes its name from John Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning On The Transmigration Of Souls, a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

So many people have been passing of late. From the deaths of beloved friends to celebrities of the magnitude of Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, a host of souls have been making their exit from terra firma. At the same time, carcinogens increase in the environment, as do attacks against those who share with three of the composers represented on the heart-touching orchestral Transmigration the desire to love differently than the norm. Amidst the climate of change and transformation that renews hope around the world, our major network reality show reminds us that this is not a fairytale universe.

In addition to the wonderful Adams piece, which has called for a second recording as vital and beautiful as this, Spano and forces have created one of the most eloquent versions of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings I have ever heard. Between them come John Corigliano's Elegy, and the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's Dooryard Bloom, sung by its original soloist, gifted baritone Nmon Ford. Barber's Agnus Dei, a choral version of the Adagio for Strings, provides a fitting close to a most profound journey from sadness to acceptance. The CD hits shelves July 28.