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MCTEE, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)

Composer(s):McTee, Cindy
Artist(s) Slatkin, Leonard, Conductor • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559765
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Cindy McTee’s compositions embody the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America. Circuits, ‘a boisterously jazzy sprint’ (Detroit Free Press), is followed by Symphony No 1, a smartly assembled work whose diverse ideas ‘seemed to unfold naturally within an orchestral fabric that used the ensemble’s full coloristic range’ (The New York Times). The use of computer music in Einstein’s Dream lends sonic complexity to a piece that celebrates the scientist’s work on quantum theory. Double Play, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ‘hums with craftsmanship and a catholic array of influences across several centuries’ (The Washington ).



A very pleasant discovery you should hear!
Review By dc92823,December 2013

I was not familiar with composer Cindy McTee until this release and I am glad to have made the musical acquaintance. McTee taught for many years at the University of North Texas and her music has been played by an impressive array of orchestras from Lyon to Tokyo to Los Angeles and many others.

This exciting new recording with the Detroit Symphony and the incredible Leonard Slatkin shows why. This collection begins in attention getting fashion with McTee's jazz-tinged "Circuits". This fairly brief little showpiece was written for the Denton Chamber Orchestra and makes use of cells of 'riffs', basically, that give the work a very propulsive nature.

McTee's "Symphony #1 - Ballet for Orchestra" is a very interesting work as well and serves as the centerpiece to more....

Well-crafted and accessible music
Review By rgraves321,January 2014

If you're not familiar with this talented American composer, this album provides a great introduction.

The release opens with "Circuit," a five-minute work that generates high-energy action from start to finish. By contrast, "Einstein's Dream" is a slow-moving atmospheric work for orchestra and electronics. Conservatively atonal, its evolving soundscapes are quite appealing, and draw the listener into its world.

"Double Play" was written for Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and they perform it with confidence. The second movement is especially effective, bristling with jazzy, good-natured spirits.

McTee's Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra is just that -- a work of symphonic proportions that practically begs to be more....


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