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San Fran­cisco Sym­phony/ Michael Til­son Thomas

SFS Me­dia SFS 0056 ★★★★ Stravin­sky never quite car­ried on where The Rite of Spring left off. But Edgard Varèse did, not least in his Amériques, writ­ten for a huge or­ches­tra with a per­cus­sion sec­tion that in­cludes sirens. Eight decades on its im­me­di­acy and raw­ness still im­press. Lou Har­ri­son’s 1973 Concerto for Or­gan (with Paul Ja­cobs) and Per­cus­sion Or­ches­tra (with ob­vi­ous ori­en­tal lean­ings) ex­udes a rel­ish in the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the com­bi­na­tion that’s hard to re­sist. Or­gan and per­cus­sion, he some­times makes you feel, were just des­tined to go to­gether. Henry Cow­ell’s 1930 Pi­ano Concerto (Jeremy Denk) is rather too heav­ily de­pen­dent on the com­poser’s trade­mark clus­ters. But his ear­lier Syn­chrony (1928), writ­ten for Martha Gra­ham, has a grip­ping trum­pet solo. url.ie/e8oo MICHAEL DERVAN

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