, September 2007
…the music on this album is quite good. Each of the works is distinctive, well constructed, and attractively orchestrated, owing something stylistically to some combination of the French and Russian nationalists, Louis Glass, Victor Bendix, and most notably Carl Nielsen. The opening to the Overture in C could in fact pass for Nielsen, so strongly is his influence felt in the shape of the musical phrases and the harmonic relationships. …The Symphony No. 1 (1913) is the best of the lot, its slow movement—containing a chromatically serpentine main theme of striking quality—the finest thing of all, with its own assertive voice and much of interest to say.
The rest of the music is interesting. The Poème lyrique (1911) has a long-breathed, convincing songfulness that opens and closes the work, while the Overture in C (1921) possesses a breathless impetuosity.
…the readings are committed, whatever other shortcomings they may possess. So this one’s definitely recommended…. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review