Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony
19 April 2012
American Record Guide
The big piece here is the three-movement…“a fantasy trip to exotic regions as Niels Marthinsen knows them from film, TV, and the Internet”. The movement titles tell the tale. I (‘Fiesta Mexicana’)
is colorful and energetic, II (‘Arabian Nights’)
is sinuous and a bit disquieting, and III (‘Great Fireworks in China’)
has a fast-slow-fast structure. The music is skillfully crafted…and requires no effort to enjoy.