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Perpetual May

by Siam Philharmonic Orchestra-Somtow Sucharitkul

neo-Romantic new symphonic music with an exotic Asian twist.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Galyani Symphony: I Allegro Capriccioso
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Somtow Sucharitkul
7:40 album only
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2. Galyani Symphony: II Adagio
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Somtow Sucharitkul
10:58 album only
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3. Galyani Symphony: III March of the Royal Hounds
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Somtow Sucharitkul
7:52 album only
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4. Galyani Symphony: IV Adagio - Allegro
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Somtow Sucharitkul
8:44 album only
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5. Eternity
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Trisdee na Patalung
11:02 album only
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6. Requiem pro Matre Musicae: Pie Jesu
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra/Somtow Sucharitkul
6:55 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra plays music specially composed for the late HRH Galyani Vadhana, who was Thailand's greatest patroness of classical music. These are the compositions composed by Somtow Sucharitkul, artistic director of the Bangkok Opera, and Trisdee na Patalung, the resident conductor.

The Galyani Symphony by Somtow Sucharitkul was commissioned by Rangsit University and originally presented to the princess as a special gift on her 79th birthday. Of this performance, the princess remarked, "It's the best birthday present I ever received." The original performance by the Rangsit Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer was a live one; this new recording by the Siam Philharmonic is the first under studio conditions.

Trisdee na Patalung's Eternity, inspired by a rare Buddhist chant heard only during the funeral of the late princess, features the haunting, unforgettable sound of the Pi Java or war-oboe, played by grand master Somnnuek Saeng-Arun. A breakthrough piece for this brilliant young composer, it was played at the royal funeral itself and has become associated with it through use in a number of videos and documentaries covering the event.

The Pie Jesu is an excerpt from Somtow Sucharitkul's still uncompleted Requiem pro Matre Musicae (Requiem for the Mother of Music) which he started composing after the princess's death and which will receive its premiere in 2010. Although the Requiem is a work with vast forces and huge tonal complexity, this movement which stands in the center of the piece is set in a single, unchanging tonality and based on a simple two-bar motif which grows into a cathedral-like structure.

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