IVES: SYM­PHONY NO 2; CARTER: IN­STANCES; GERSH­WIN: AN AMER­I­CAN IN PARIS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Seat­tle Sym­phony/Lu­dovic

Mor­lot Seat­tle Sym­phony Me­dia SSM 1003 ★★★★ Lu­dovic Mor­lot shows catholic­ity of taste in this disc of Amer­i­can mu­sic. The 1902 Sec­ond Sym­phony of Charles Ives (un­per­formed un­til 1951) is both homely and wild, and deals read­ily with the sa­cred and the pro­fane, the pop­u­lar and the arty. What lis­ten­ers of its time might have made of its sub­ver­sion – the un­ex­pected in­tru­sion of Camp­town Races, say – is any­body’s guess. Elliott Carter’s last or­ches­tral work, In­stances, writ­ten in 2012 at the age of 103, is char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally fo­cused, high modernism. Gersh­win’s An Amer­i­can in Paris is jaunty, out­go­ing, pop­ulist. Mor­lot’s avoid­ance of vul­gar­ity in the Gersh­win is par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing, and he han­dles the var­ied de­mands of Ives and Carter with real sen­si­tiv­ity. url.ie/u3lq

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