AKIRA NISHIMURA (b.1953): Chamber Symphonies No. 1, No. 2 "Concertante" and No. 3 "Metamorphosis".

Catalogue Number: 07J135

Label: Camerata

Reference: CMCD-28084

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

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Description: These symphonies were written with the nimble virtuosity of the present ensemble in mind; a 25-member orchestra with single winds and brass and a small string section, but otherwise with the full resources of a symphonic ensemble, like an unaugmented London Sinfonietta. Not surprisingly, they turned out rather as 'concertos for orchestra' with sections or soloists highlighted (explicitly so in the Concertante second). Although some complex heterophonic tex'tures are employed, and extended use of harmonics and clustered sliding tones here and there, the works are clearly grounded in a post-romantic idiom grounded firmly in tonality, especially the First. The scherzo of the Second, for instance, suggests Prokofiev or Kabalevsky, and even the finale, with its atonal disintegration of the previous movement's orderly vigor, ultimately retains a sense of harmonic resolution. The Third, which begins in relative 'chaos' also resolves into a lively, sparkling scherzo, while the ominously cumulative slow movement is a kind of obsessive funeral march. With their free take on symphonic thinking and elements of whole-tone exoticism, one might imagine a slightly updated Hovhaness. Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka; Norichika Iimori.


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