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  Gillis: Symphony No. 7 - Ian Hobson
  Don Gillis: Portrait of a Frontier Town; The Alamo; Symphony No. 7 "Saga of a Prairie School"

Sinfonia Varsovia
Ian Hobson
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by wehecht May 11, 2006 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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If I tell you've I've listened to this disc five times in the two days since it arrived in my mailbox you might get the idea that I like it. You'd be right. The music of Don Gillis is simply a delight. Born in Missouri and having spent the majority of his life in the east Gillis nonetheless identified strongly with his adopted state of Texas, and all of the works on this disc celebrate some facet of Texas history or geography. Emotionally the pieces run the gamut from riotous dance music in "Portrait of a Frontier Town" (similar to Copland in "hoe-down" mode, though Gillis' piece predates Copland's)to mournful eloquence in "The Alamo". In either case the thing that impresses most about this music is its absolute genuineness. Nothing here is "put on", everything is from the heart. This is the latest of several Gillis recordings on Albany, and possibly the best. It's the only one on sacd, and the MC sound is simply gorgeous. Just as the music is bursting with life, so is the recording. That a Polish orchestra under a British conductor (though Ian Hobson has been resident in the states for a number of years)can play this quintessentially American music to this standard is a great credit to all concerned. The only thing that leaves anything to be desired is the somewhat flimsy packaging. More please!

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Review by raffells October 20, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I would totally agree with the previous review adding only that the orchestra seems better than normal Albany recordings and the music is probably better than impression gained from the review..However I believe this is only a digital not DSD recording and the bright occasional even Berstienish music only just survives.Sonically better in stereo than a CD but only just...
The note re flimsy packaging SHOULD be observed..It is ultra thin .Converting it to an sacd case is impossible due to it size..You cannot cut the front cover down without losing some of the wording...

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Works: 3  

Don Gillis - Portrait of a Frontier Town
Don Gillis - Symphony No. 7 "Saga of a Prairie School"
Don Gillis - The Alamo