ALEXANDRE TANSMAN (1897-1986): Symphonies, Vol. 4 - Symphonie de chambre, Sinfonia piccola, Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 & 2.
Catalogue Number: 12L002
Description: This final volume of Chandos' Tansman edition offers works for chamber orchestra including the world premiere recording of 1960's Symphonie de chambre. Regardless of their compositional date (and these pieces range from the 1924 Sinfonietta No. 1 to its 1978 fellow) the unity of Tansman's neo-classical style is striking - form, harmony nad orchestration, the love of polyphony and fugues (and toccatas), even though, for instance, the first Sinfonietta is tonal-modal and the second is dodecaphonic (but you'll never know it). Everything fizzes along sparklingly, sometimes motorically in the fast movements while the slow movements can be equally slow and tranquil (with elements of Balinese gamelan in a couple). Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Oleg Caetani.