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DAUGHERTY, M.: Metropolis Symphony / Deus ex Machina (T. Wilson, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)

Composer(s):Daugherty, Michael
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559635
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in the comics, Metropolis Symphony has been performed by orchestras all over the world. Hailed by the London Times as a “Symphonie Fantastique for our times,” Metropolis Symphony is a musical response to the myth of Superman, expressing the energies, ambiguities, paradoxes, and wit of American popular culture. Deus ex Machina is a piano concerto inspired by trains of the future and past: Fast Forward re-creates the machine-like rhythms of modern trains admired by the Italian futurists; Train of Tears recalls Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train; Night Steam evokes O. Winston Link’s historic



Review By JG,Rheinischer Merkur (Germany),January 2010

Auf Supermans Spuren


Review By Joshua Meggitt,Cyclic Defrost,October 2009

For an unabashed populist, Michael Daugherty packs in a dizzying array of genuinely thrilling sonic effects into his compositions. ‘Metropolis’, the title work on this new disc for Naxos, is devoted to Superman, but unless you’re a die hard fan of the superhero listeners are advised to ignore Daugherty’s narrative inspirations (“Lex derives its title from one of Superman’s most vexing foes”, with the “fiendishly difficult” violin solo standing for the villain, for example) and succumb to his riotous music.


Review By Jack Borrebach,Brink Magazine,October 2009

Daugherty: Fire and Blood / MotorCity Triptych / Raise the Roof (Kavafian, B. Jones, Detroit Symphony, N. Jarvi) 8.559372

DAUGHERTY, M.: Metropolis Symphony / Deus ex Machina (T. Wilson, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) 8.559635


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,October 2009

Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) and his Metropolis Symphony, an evocation of the myth of Superman, on one of two new Naxos releases dedicated to Daugherty’s music. He writes fun, brash, American music with a high entertainment quotient. Metropolis is a hoot. This is sort of the musical equivalent of what Warren Beatty tried to do when he made Dick Tracy, only this is more successful for having nothing cartoonish about it.



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