Martinon: Symphony No. 4 ("Altitudes"); Mennin: Symphony No. 7 ("Variation-Symphony") - Chicago Symphony/Jean Martinon
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KHCD-2012-082DL (STEREO) - Martinon: Symphony No. 4 ("Altitudes"); Mennin: Symphony No. 7 ("Variation-Symphony") - Chicago Symphony/Jean Martinon - Both of the symphonies on this CD were commissioned pieces; the Martinon for the Chicago Symphony in 1964 for its 75th anniversary, and the Mennin for the Cleveland Orchestra in1963. Martninon said of his Symphony No. 4, "In my mind, 'Altitudes' implies diverse heights, heights that man with muscle and stamina can attain by his own strength and perseverance". It is an extraordinarly colorful, muscular symphony, with a percussion-driven last movement. Mennin's Symphony No. 7 is cast as a single movement work, yet there are five major sections that make up its expressive development. This was one of Martinon's last recordings as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony, and it is audiophile quality. An "unshaded dog" RCA Dynagroove® LP was used for the transcription.