The eight selections performed here represent out-standing peaks of musical achievement in which the composers pull out all the stops and use the combined resources of that formidable body known as the full orchestra to underscore or actually convey a dramatic scene. Melodic suggestion and paraphrase, the infinite varieties of tonal colour, the sweep and interplay of instrumental contours, the soloist or special ensemble against the backdrop of the larger group—these are some of the devices employed. In these pieces however they have been employed so well, so brilliantly, that the selections have assumed a role and validity of their own. They are in fact among the most stunning examples of musical imagination—no less enduring for the music lover for their sonic grandeur, and no less appealing to the sound enthusiast for their solid musical content.
Label: CBS 62503