Friday, April 1, 2011

Recordings: Symphony No. 4

As Christian Lindberg has not recorded this symphony yet, and I do not know if Comissiona's recording is available anywhere, I have nothing to compare Alun Francis' recording with. Nevertheless, musically and technically there are no obvious deficiencies; and the recorded sound is on the warm side, typical of the CPO series.

Compared to the other work on this disc, I feel that Francis makes a more convincing argument for this symphony—a more streamlined and logical narrative as opposed to Symphony No. 3’s fragmented neuroticism, which is further accentuated by Francis’ slower tempos.

Anyway, it goes without saying that if you want to hear this work, this may be the only option you have, so, if you do not own this CD already, go out and get it (it’s cheap too.)

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