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CORIGLIANO, J.: Symphony No. 3, "Circus Maximus" / Gazebo Dances (University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin)

Composer(s):Corigliano, Jr., John
Artist(s) Junkin, Jerry, Conductor • University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559601
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The Circus Maximus of ancient Rome was a real place. The largest arena in the world, it entertained over 300,000 spectators daily for nearly a thousand years. Chariot races, hunts and battles satisfied the Roman public’s need for grander and wilder amusement as the Empire declined. The parallels between the high decadence of Rome and our present time are obvious. Entertainment dominates our culture, and ever-more-extreme ‘reality’ shows dominate our entertainment. Many of us have become as bemused by the violence and humiliation that flood the 500-plus channels of our television screens as those mobs of imperial Rome who considered the devouring of human beings by starving lions just another Sunday show. The shape of Circus Maximus was built both to embody

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

They threw humans to the lions in the Circus Maximus of ancient Rome, now the American composer John Corigliano throws our ears to the mercy of the massed wind groups gathered for his Third Symphony, composed in 2004. You would have to experience it in surround sound to feel the full impact of brass instruments which the composer requires to encircle the listener in the arena. There you smell excitement, murder and anything else the decadent Romans desired. Be prepared for sound shock waves in this sonic spectacular where your speakers will be dancing around the room. Corigliano updates those decadent days to the present time when television brings scenes of ever increasing human depravity, violence and humiliation, his eight sections including Channel Surfing and

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