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There can be no stronger proof of Anderson’s emergence as a figure of international stature than these three scores, brilliantly performed by the LPO.
The 45-year old London-born composer manipulates the orchestra with enviable assurance, subtlety and precision – spangled timbres radiating light, harmonies exploiting tensions on the edge of tonality, melodies made up of tantalising snatches of lyrical conversation.
The five fantasies add up to a virtuoso showpiece – tingling stuff – while The Crazed Moon and The Discovery of Heaven are among the most vivid soundscapes of the modern orchestral era.
Fantasias, The Crazed Moon, The Discovery of Heaven
Vladimir Jurowski/Ryan Wigglesworth
(London Philharmonic Orchestra)