BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards – Antheil: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6 and Other Works (2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgårds – Antheil: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6 and Other Works (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:49 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
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Alongside its ongoing much-lauded Copland series, the BBC Philharmonic embarks on a new American journey, this time with its chief guest conductor, John Storgårds.

Known as the ‘bad boy of music’, George Antheil began his career with a reputation as an enfant terrible, composing shockingly avant-garde works such as his ever-popular Ballet mécanique, inspired by the dynamism and dissonances of Stravinsky’s early ballets. Although he is well-established on the film music scene, too, it is his symphonic output – sampled here – that today survives in the concert hall.

This new series documents the evolution of his musical style, which moved towards a fundamentally tonal and melody-based idiom, Antheil joining the growing ranks of famous US symphonists. The war-inspired Fourth Symphony and ‘joyous’ Fifth clearly represent this compositional shift, breaking with what the composer called the ‘now passé’ modernism.

Also here is the premiere recording of the Texas-inspired Over the Plains, memorable for its allusions to cowboy music and offering some unexpectedly dramatic and atmospheric twists along the way.

“… The Joyous … is purposefully shaped by Storgards, played with bounce by the BBC Philharmonic and has a swaggering energy, built out of deceptively complex rhythms… Over the Plains is an evocative miniature that teems with effects and revels in its jump-cuts and clashing material. This is pure Americana and you’d have to be un imbécile not to enjoy it!” (Neil Fisher, The Times)

“…A brilliant recording all around, and an important one. Bring on the next instalment!” (Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone Magazine)

1. Archipelago “Rhumba” 06:01
2. Symphony No. 3 “American”: I. Allegro 08:24
3. Symphony No. 3 “American”: II. Andante 06:35
4. Symphony No. 3 “American”: III. The Golden Spike. Andante 04:16
5. Symphony No. 3 “American”: IV. Back to Baltimore. Presto 05:21
6. Hot-time Dance 04:33
7. Symphony No. 6 “After Delacroix”: I. Allegro molto marcato 08:48
8. Symphony No. 6 “After Delacroix”: II. Larghetto 09:40
9. Symphony No. 6 “After Delacroix”: III. Allegro 07:36
10. Spectre of the Rose Waltz (Orch. 1947) 04:53

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor