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Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Zinman, Baltimore

Release Date: 01/28/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Herbert GreenbergEmily ControulisMark Sparks
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michael Daugherty (born 1954) is better represented by the new recording of two of his recent works inspired, characteristically, by the Superman comic strips. Here the energy of rock is well matched to a fluent compositional technique, and the results are stunningly played by Zinman’s Baltimore musicians. Daugherty does sometimes seem to stretch his talent a little thin: the nine-minute build-up of Bizarro, for wind and percussion, is more effective than the 13-minute finale of the Symphony, spun out of the single idea of the Dies irae plainchant in tango rhythm. But you can forgive him a lot when he calls another movement ‘Oh Lois!’, and gives it the tempo marking ‘Faster than a speeding bullet’. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out Read more of 5)

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Works on This Recording

Metropolis Symphony by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Herbert Greenberg (Violin), Emily Controulis (Flute), Mark Sparks (Flute)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988-1993; USA 
Bizarro by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1993; USA 

Sound Samples

Metropolis Symphony: 1. Lex
Metropolis Symphony: 2. Krypton
Metropolis Symphony: 3. MXYZPTLK
Metropolis Symphony: 4. Oh, Lois!
Metropolis Symphony: 5. Red Cape Tango

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