Music by Philip Orem
Award-winning composer Philip Orem is a celebrated musician with over 140 different musical theater productions to his credit. Experienced in both concert and liturgical music, Orem has won numerous prizes including an NEA Meet the Composer/Midwest grant and the Labor of Love Composition Contest. On this rapturous CD, Orem debuts his Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Fantasy for Horn and Orchestra and "For Ed." All digital realizations of the pieces are by the composer himself.
I find these pieces very well written and most successful all around. No wonder the Sax concerto was a hit with the Navy Band. I find the flute/piccolo concerto first movement very moving and the rest quite exciting. I like all three Concertos.
Professor Emeritus Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School
Wow--what a great piece! Great piccolo scoring! (for Ed)
former principle piccolo Chicago Symphony Orchestra