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Gallagher: Symphony No 2, Ascendant

Magazine article Gramophone

Gallagher: Symphony No 2, Ascendant

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Gallagher

Symphony No 2. 'Ascendant'. Quiet Reflections London Symphony Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Naxos American Classics (B) 8 559768 (75' * DDD)

Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Jack Gallagher studied composition, counterpoint and orchestration with Elie Siegmeister (1909-91). In his booklet-note he cites how Sir Eugene Goossens's 1959 Everest recording of Stravinsky's Petrushka with the LSO first turned him on to the sound of the symphony orchestra and also fondly recalls the experience of playing trumpet in the Orchestra of the National Orchestral Association in New York.

Gallagher's Second Symphony (2010-13) clocks in at an eyebrow-raising 63 minutes, and initially there's lots of fun to be had spotting the influences and sometimes near-cribs (I compiled a list as long as your arm--Sibelius, Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, Holst, Walton, Britten, Lutoslawski, Dutilleux, Barber, Piston, Del Tredici...). However, on subsequent hearings it's hard not to be won over by the prodigious energy, long-term thinking and melodic fecundity of Gallagher's exuberant inspiration, to say nothing of the breathtaking skill and swaggering confidence with which he handles his forces. …

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