Corcoran's sound world... evokes the steel-edged structures of Edgar Varese, as well as Elliott Carter's complex yet pliable metric schemes. Every shape and size of percussion dominates the thematic discourse, while the wind and brass players provide punctuating signposts. The lower strings grunt and groan in fractured, half-remembered melodies, trying to find their rightful corner within Corcoran's spacious, yet tersely woven canvasses. Descriptions, however, only hint at Corcoran's freshness of invention and superb ear for timbral contrasts. The performances are fluent, assured, and superbly recorded. Anyone who harbors doubts about the future of the symphony will find these three works quivering with possibilities.
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