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Peter Mennin: Syms 5 & 6 / Cello Cto

P. Mennin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: First Edition
  • ASIN: B0000C52FJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 5: I. Con Vigore
2. Symphony No. 5: II. Canto
3. Symphony No. 5: III. Allegro Tempestuoso
4. Concerto for cello & orchestra: I. Allegro moderato
5. Concerto for cello & orchestra: II. Adagio
6. Concerto for cello & orchestra: III. Allegro vivace
7. Symphony No. 6: I. Maestoso; Allegro
8. Symphony No. 6: II. Grave
9. Symphony No. 6: III. Allegro vivace

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I've now heard all of Mennin's mature symphonies (he withdrew the first two he wrote, still a student at Oberlin and Eastman) and it confirms my opinion that, as good wines, the composer got better as he aged. I rewied elsewhere the CRI disc collating historical recordings of his 3rd from 1946 (Mitropoulos, recorded in 1953) and 7th from 1963 (Martinon, 1967), the Phoenix disc with his 4th from 1948 (along with the cantata Milena of the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera) and the New World CD with his 8th (1973) and 9th (1981), and I found the compositions from the 1960s onwards much better works (see Mennin: Symphony No.3/Piano Concerto/Symphony No.7, Symphony No.4/Milena, Mennin: Symphony No. 8, Symphony No. 9, Folk Overture). The basic paramaters of Mennin's compositional style remained - an irrepressible kinetic energy in the nervously busy and angrily dramatic toccata-like outer movements, the solemn or brooding slow movements rising to climaxes of intensity before receding back to their departure point- but these now came with a richness and depth of orchestration and a much more elaborate counterpoint that constantly caught the ear, and an approch to form that, especially in the 7th, "Variation"-Symphony, went a few steps beyond the basic A-B-A architecture. Read more ›
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