Program note: Full Circle is a contemplation of cycles of emotion that continually emerge and recede throughout life. The music is written for a subtle interplay between the soloist and the orchestra, rather than the traditional role of the soloist being in the forefront. My intention is a shifting of perceptions in which the soloist emerges from the orchestra, in much the way that intense feelings rise from the unconscious, giving voice to emotional currents, and then recede back into the subliminal. A metaphorical image that comes to my mind is of a figure becoming discernible as it emerges from a dense mist, then recedes, blending again into the atmosphere, only to reemerge as a presence again. – RW
Recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronský conductor and Petr Nouzovský cello for PARMA Recordings.
Reviews of Full Circle
Petr Vronský, with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, reflects the emotional density of the work Full Circle, for soloist cello and small orchestra by the composer Rain Worthington. The American composer expresses herself with a remarkable chromaticism, strongly rooted in her musical language. The Czech cellist Petr Nouzovský exposes, with ardent delivery, the concise and clear voice of Worthington. – Núria Serra, Sonograma Magazine, Suplement de discos, 29 Abril, 2019
Rain Worthington’s Full Circle blends the cello solo with the orchestra in a more meditative work. The orchestra is like a memory out of which solo ideas come to the forefront only to recede back into the texture. ...with fascinating timbral qualities and sounds explored in the fabric of the music while a particular line moves through them. It makes for a rather intriguing and moody work with the dark colors of the cello heightening the dramatic flow of the music. – Cinemusical, Facets of Modern Music Appear Through Prisma 2, June 7, 2019
Rain Worthington's interesting and varied Full Circle for cello soloist and small orchestra ...depicts the emotions which emerge and then recede at different times during a person's life. At times the interest is melodic and at other times rhythmical or textural, but there is always something here to engage the listener. I am rather partial to this interesting composer, who often deals with the spiritual, and there is a kind of reflectiveness to her music. Some have found this piece somewhat akin to music by Alan Hovhannes, and I tend to agree. – Geoff Pearce, Classical Music Daily, January 2020