, January 2002
"Here are two more symphonies by Alexander Moyzes (1906-84) from Marco Polo, again under the direction of Ladislav Slovak. Symphony No. 9, written in the early 1970s, is a dark, gloomily introspective piece, uncannily suggestive of late Shostakovich. ...[the recording] effectively contains the music's wide dynamic range. The Ninth symphony's agitated second section, rising through a massive crescendo to a brutal march-like idea, brings suitably baleful sonorities from the brass. The finale, sardonic and unsettled in mood, is punctuated by some nicely played solo violin passages...and Slovak solidly and consistently sustains the urgent mood.
In complete contrast, Moyzes' Symphony No. 10 (1977-78) is a broadly confident four-movement work. The style is straightforward, lyrical, and uncomplicated, the emotional weight being centered on the slow third movement (Larghetto). An interesting feature is the opening horn solo, strongly reminiscent of the famous one from Tchaikovsky's Fifth symphony. The soloist here has a woolly tone and sonorous vibrato. Listen on, though, and you'll discover that this deeply felt movement also brings the finest music--and certainly the best playing--on the disc. The finale, opening with a relaxed slow introduction (recalling parts of Brahms' Second symphony), develops into a jubilant Allegro."