Eastman-rochester Orchestra - Fiesta In Hifi (180g
Label: MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE
Eastman-Orchester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
he feeling of hearing familiar music anew is usually pleasant, so that one likes to let the proverbial 'earworm' drill into the auditory canals. This, of course, also applies to composers, who throughout the ages have used folk songs and dances in the best sense of the word to pick up melodies from the street to incorporate into their own works. The Americans are no exception and diligently plough the musical roots of their territories, as titles like "Mexican Rhapsody", "Kentucky Mountains" and "Savannah River Holiday" announce. Quiet tones are not called for here, as "Hi-Fi Fiesta" is celebrated with orchestral bangers that emphasize its close kinship with film music. Athletic string sounds, coupled with sharply shot broadsides of brass and rolling timpani thunder, are as much a feature of these pieces, which seethe with energy, as lyrical songlike parts that soar into ethereal spheres of violin harmonics ("Mexican Rhapsody"). The Eastmen-Rochester-Orchestra, which with Robert McBride and Ron Nelson pays homage to two eleven of the Eastmen School of Music of the same name, does the assembled composers' guild the best service through spirited access and maximum sound yield.