JOHN A. CAROLLO (b.1954): Symphony No. 3.
Catalogue Number: 11V063
Label: Navona Records
Description: Like our previous offering of Carollo's works, the music here is tonal, colorful and richly expressive. The symphony had its origins in the composer’s settings of William Blake, from which he extracted four movements and sumptuously orchestrated them into a half-hour symphony celebrating nature and human love. The work begins with a pastoral movement of some grandeur entitled 'To Morning', suggesting the emerging dawn over rolling hills. The second movement is fiery, dramatic and passionate, perhaps evoking some pagan fertility ritual (there is a brief jazzy section which perhaps suggests more modern mating rites. The third bears the title 'In The Garden of Earthly Delights' which can only refer to Bosch’s famous panel full of carnal debaucheries. It begins with chamber music textures and gentle lyricism, but gradually becomes more seductive and, with the emergence of a wordless vocalise in a passage of fugato textures, more active, finally working its way up to an orgiastic climax. The finale, "Let the Evening Stillness Arouse" suggests post-arousal languor and nightfall over the imposing landscape of the opening. A 27-minute disc with a Blu-ray equivalent in surround sound… CD + Blu-ray Disc. London Symphony Orchestra; Miran Vaupotić.