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AN AMERICAN BEETHOVEN? WHO KNEW?

AN AMERICAN BEETHOVEN? WHO KNEW?

We must thank Rebecca Miller of Santa Cruz for the revelation. A former candidate for music director of her hometown Santa Cruz Symphony she has gone on to an international conducting career, including several CD recordings, the latest of which is a program with the Royal Northern Sinfonia of Bristow’s “Jullien” Symphony, named for and dedicated to a short-lived French conductor, and two concert overtures. Bristow was born in Brooklyn to English musical immigrants. He became an accomplished music figure in New York as a performer and composer in all genres. This CD serves up ambitious, high-energy readings, bold and gutsy, with a polished orchestra obviously fired-up for the occasion. At 43 minutes, the “Jullien” Symphony, itself ambitious, seriously challenges the post-Beethoven composers of Europe, France and Britain. Miller abets him in kind. Beethoven, Mendelssohn and, to a lesser degree, Schumann figure in the mix. Indeed, Miller displays an unerring sense of suspenseful anticipation and comes through with authority. This new CD is both revelatory and triumphant.

Scott MacClelland, Performing Arts Monterey Bay
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