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Reviews: Corigliano: Symphony No. 1 - Shimono

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Review by Fugue June 7, 2014 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This is a superb performance and recording of one of my favorite 20th century symphonies. Compared to Slatkin's RBCD on RCA, Shimono takes a more measured approach, which may yield a bit less visceral impact, but it gains in gravitas and for me is more moving. The perspective is also more distant, which gives a more natural concert hall feeling than Slatkin's more closely multi-mic'd version. The greater distance plus the wider dynamic range of the SACD gives more headroom to the cataclysmic climaxes, especially in the Chaconne movement. Speaking of chaconnes, paring Corigiliano's Symphony with a transcription of Bach's Chaconne might seem odd, but the thematic connection should be obvious. Hideo Saitoh's colorful transcription clarifies the counterpoint, and it seems to be at least partially based on Busoni's piano arrangement.

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