JOSÉ MIGUEL BEVIÁ (b.1972): Symphony No. 1 (Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Vít Micka), Dónde el viento nos lleve... for Harp, Percussion, Piano and Celesta (Arielle [harp], Tomoya Aomori, Chihiro Shibayama [percussion], Victor Ngo [piano, celesta]), 3 Enigmas for 2 Pianos (Noriko Suzuki, Ferdy Tumakaka), Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp (Gloria Huh [flute], David Clausen [viola], Arielle [harp]).
Catalogue Number: 12L099
Label: MSR Classics
Description: The symphony is a robust four-movement specimen with some programmatic content; the composer speaks of the confrontation between positive and negative, and uses the conventions of symphonic form to explore various aspects of this idea. The first movement presents material of contrasting character, the second brings them into direct conflict, with a suggestion of darker forces gaining the upper hand. An aggressive scherzo-like movement follows, followed by another 'conflict' movement, which ends with an optimistic epilogue. The vocabulary throughout is fundamentally tonal, not unlike Prokofiev, with traces of neoclassical Stravinsky in the third movement. Wherever the Winds Take Us is a free fantasy, also with programmatic inspiration. With some use of extended playing techniques and a rich and varied sonic palette, the piece explores a range of mysterious moods and atmospheres. The Enigmas incorporate some aleatoric and extended elements into three tonality-based movements of contrasting character. The trio, an hommage to Debussy, extends the sound world of his similar work with a more modern vocabulary.