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1505 Baley: Sacred Monuments: Symphony No. 1 (1985; 1997-99)
[TNC CD 1505]
by Professional Reviews Date Added: Jan 09, 2005
Ukrainian composer Virko Baley's Symphony No. 1 "Sacred Monuments" takes the Mahlerian view that "the symphony must be the world, it must embrace everything." What this means in practice is a wide range of musical reference, from folk music and Romantic melody to purely textural atonality, all freighted with a heavy dose of philosophizing in movement titles such as "Agnus Dei" and "The Hour of the Wolf"….One thing's for sure: this symphony packs a large variety of incident into its nearly 60-minute length, and it impressively commands the listener's attention. Baley's sense of musical timing is excellent: he understands the need to give his audience the necessary tonal or timbral anchor, establishing a point of reference in his kaleidoscopically shifting textural seas…It's all powerfully imagined, clearly articulated, and quite moving: think of Swedish composer Alan Pettersson with a more colorful orchestral palette, a wider emotional range, and less self-pity…The final impression is of a work finely balanced between expressions of suffering and offers of consolation, full of arresting passages and fresh sounds, and Baley secures what certainly must be a superb performance, magnificently recorded, from the Cleveland Chamber Symphony…It's a very serious, ambitious statement by a gifted artist, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it turns out to have more staying power than many other contemporary works by today's trendier composers.

David Hurwitz,

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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