, July 2008
The 2003 piece for large orchestra, Act, celebrates mankind’s ability to create together, to cooperate. For Wallin, one of the most powerful examples of this is the symphony orchestra. This is his exuberant tribute, then, to one of our cultural glories. His writing glitters with irrepressible energy.
The year 2006 brought a Mozart anniversary, and the three middle movements of Das war schön! are a tribute to Mozart; the first movement pays homage to Messiaen (Le merle noir, to be precise) and glitters beautifully. The second, entitled, “Mon trés cher Pére” takes the final dissonant chords of Mozart’s Ein musikalischer Spass and, in presenting them quietly, discovers their intrinsic beauty, utilizing them as a requiem for Mozart’s father, Leopold. …The final movement is a tribute to Mozart’s pet bird (endearingly named “Herr Starr”). The bird died one week after Leopold passed away. Wallin writes a virtuoso take on the starling’s song.
Finally, Tides of 1998, for six percussionists and orchestra. The tides of the title expand and diminish in three large waves in the solo parts, while the orchestral contribution is, by the composer’s own admission, intuitively guided, providing the firm backdrop against which the percussionists display their virtuosity.
There is clarity and depth aplenty here. Recommended. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review