Classical Music Home
Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Fourth is Piston’s most radiant and appealing symphony, one of the masterpieces of American—and not only American—symphonic writing. This and the three New England Sketches are among the composer’s strongest and most attractive scores, and they come here in outstanding performances under Gerard Schwarz, originally issued on the Delos label, and here made doubly attractive at super-bargain price. The four movements of the Symphony are all strongly characterized, with the gentle piacevole opening of the first movement leading to tough counterpoint, strongly syncopated, and the second movement Ballando rather like a hoe-down, vigorous open-air music with the evocative slow movement leading to a jaggedly rhythmic finale. The New England Sketches are more specifically evocative, set in contrast like a symphony, with a delicate picture of a Summer Evening placed between the opening picture of the seaside and the final rugged picture of Mountains. Even so, the musical argument is cogent, and although the Capriccio is less tautly constructed, it has an element of fantasy beautifully realized here by the excellent harpist, Therese Elder Wunrow. First-rate sound.

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
9:55:39 PM, 6 May 2016
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2016 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.