WILLIAM HILL (b.195?): Symphony No. 2 "Beethoven 7.1", LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92.
Catalogue Number: 01N077
Reference: TROY 1300
Description: The second volume in a series called "Point-One" which commissions composers to write symphonies that are musically linked to masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire and which also actually guarantees that they will be performed and recorded too (we missed the first one, Peter Boyer's Tchaikovsky 6.1 but may offer it if this proves popular). Hill, a percussionist for the Colorado Symphony as his day-job, offers a three-movement work with motives from the Beethoven's slow movement and scherzo combined in his slow movement. His note shows you exactly what which Beethoven theme he uses, where he puts them, how he works them, etc. and Hill even offers two options for what you might think the whole thing sounds like: "Beethoven on steroids" or "Beethoven having a nightmare about writing his 7th symphony". I think the latter works better, not because the music is atonal (which it isn't) but because of the slightly feverish, obsessive, sometimes repetitive quality which often occurs in dreams. Lamont Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Golan.