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THOMSON, V.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 / Symphony on a Hymn Tune

Composer(s):Thomson, Virgil
Artist(s) Sedares, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559022
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Michael Oliver,Classic CD,May 2000

"The Second Symphony is a little more adventurous, the Third rather bigger and bolder, but all have a freshness, a melodic appeal and avoidance of rhetoric that are typical of Thomson. Pilgrims and Pioneers is a short film score, using a collage of old tunes to portray the building of America with the musical equivalent of an album of evocative and unfaded photographs. Real affection is what this music needs, and these performances are loving ones, suitably cleanly recorded. Strongly recommended."

Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),February 2000

"Thomson's music has certainly made few inroads into the repertory on this side of the Atlantic, but, with these sparkling performances by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, there is a chance to sample his clear, lyrical style and rhythmic zest."


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