Philip Mann, former conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and frequent collaborator with the state’s classical musicians (some of whom play on the release), has released a collection of works on Sony Classics with a group called Ensemble Bravura called “Finding Home,” and its title track, penned by Grammy-winning composer Michael Fine, is just stunningly beautiful.
Mann on the piece:
The title “Finding Home” is a direct reference to the Fourth Movement of Michael Fine’s Suite for Strings. It is a work of sumptuous beauty that conjures a longing to arrive in a place of comfort and belonging. This sentiment was something experienced by all four composers on this album, and indeed what so many solo musicians yearn for in our transient, international lives. This unspoken common experience of Ensemble Bravura members was laid bare during an intensely moving recording session of Finding Home, and our album title was immediately evident.