American Classics - Antheil: Symphony No 4 & 6, Etc / Kuchar

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Trenton-born George Antheil nicknamed himself in his autobiography the "Bad Boy of Music." He caused a fuss in Europe when he presented music that included...
Trenton-born George Antheil nicknamed himself in his autobiography the "Bad Boy of Music." He caused a fuss in Europe when he presented music that included such instruments as airplane propellers and car horns. This recording, part of Naxos's "American Classics" series, features two of his symphonies and the concert overture 'McKonkey's Ferry.' These pieces are more conservative (as well as Romantic) in nature than the sensational works, such as 'Ballet mécanique,' that established his reputation. There is not a propeller to be heard on the entire program.
The Symphony No. 4, subtitled '1942,' reflects the troubled times of the Second World War. This work, colored by martial themes, has an agitated voice that recalls Shostakovich. The three-movement Symphony No. 6 received its premiere in 1948. The work is a paean to liberty and concludes with a jazzy rondo that celebrates the triumph of freedom. The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine plays this music with great precision, particularly vital when faced with Antheil's quirky rhythmic challenges. Vivid, lively sound quality and a budget price make this a welcome recording.


Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 01, 2000


  • UPC: 636943903322


  • Catalog Number: 8559033


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1