29 April 1993
Avery Fisher Hall, New York, New York
New York Philharmonic / Leonard Slatkin
Recording: Run can be found on release called, three
...the movie soundtrack genre is stretched and enervated... —The New York Times
Torke's own description of the piece as "someone setting out on their morning run, taking in the ever-changing panorama of the rising sun over a still-sleeping city" is very evocative; it's a high-energy, invigorating work. —Gramophone
Run is a six minute concert opener commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for their 150th anniversary season. Out of short staccato rhythms come longer melodies, meant to create an uninterrupted sequence, a continous course, a progression onward to the sense of arrival in the final bars, stirring expectations in the listener of later pieces to come on the evening's program. Though this music is not meant to be programmatic, one could imagine the moving panorama and feeling of uplift in a morning jogger breathing in the still fresh urban air.