Contemporary Colours – Vella Gregory’s ‘Riħ | Wind’ featured in new MPO anthology

Posted on Nov 9, 2020

nv6322 - malta philharmonic - contemporary colours - front cover xs517x517_2xThe premiere recording of Riħ | Wind (an orchestral suite taken from Sinfonija Beltija | A Valletta Symphony) is featured on Contemporary Colours – the latest recording by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sergey Smabtyan. The recording is an anthology of works by contemporary Maltese composers and is available on Navona Records.

Riħ / Wind is taken from Sinfonija Beltija / A Valletta Symphony (2016), which marks the culmination of years of research into Valletta, its communities, and their narratives. This five movement work brings together a wide range of elements from festas to football, and from history to contemporary attitudes. These interludes form the introduction to these movements and serve as moments of reflection before each movement. 

The wind represents the natural elements that interact daily with the city. The five interludes are cyclical in nature, representing both a daily and a seasonal cycle. These natural cycles contrast with the more aperiodic nature of human activity. These interludes are scored for chamber orchestra.

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