With the three works on this disc, we are dealing with three different aspects of Polish-French-American composer Alexandre Tansman. In the Symphony [No. 2] from 1926, he is a neo-classical modernist à la Les Six with a crisp, vivacious style. In the Symphonie Concertante (Symphony No. 3) from 1931, he is a jazz-age shape-shifter àl a Gershwin with a bright, insouciant style. And in the much later Quatre Mouvement pour orchestre from 1968, he is somewhere past Stravinsky and heading out toward Boulez with a style that travels from harsh dissonance to clashing cacophony. As previously in this series dedicated to Tansman's symphonies, Oleg Caetani and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play magnificently with more than polished professionalism. There's flash in the colors, muscle in the rhythms, and steadfast conviction in the interpretations. One feels the thrill of the Second Symphony's opening Allegro giusto, the dread in the Quatre Mouvement's opening Notturno, and the joie de vivre of the Sinfonia Concertante's central Tempo americano. Recorded in brilliant digital sound by Chandos, this disc should at least be heard by listeners attracted to the symphonies of Honegger, Roussel, and Dutilleux.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Symphony No. 2 in A minor|
|Movements (4) for orchestra|
|Symphony No. 3 ("Symphonie concertante"), for piano quartet & orchestra|