Classical new release: 'Michael Torke: Unconquered'

May 10, 2018

The premiere recording of Michael Torke's "Unconquered" celebrates the United States, the ideals of the Revolutionary War and the city of Saratoga, FL. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center commissioned the piece to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In response, Torke composed a piece inspired by the Battle of Saratoga.

In his liner notes to the piece, Torke states that writing a piece of music inspired by the Revolutionary War was not a political act for him but rather a project that came from his love of history and his regard for the aspirational. The four movements are titled Summon, Dawn, Advance and Liberty

Although the piece is inspired by the Battle of Saratoga, Torke doesn't depict actual battles or violence in the piece. He explains that each movement is meant to inspire particular moods affiliated with the battle as opposed to the action.

The new recording took place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Conductor Cristian Măcelaru led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the performance.