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American Mavericks by San Francisco Symphony
Released: Nov 2012
Label: San Francisco Symphony
Do you think the Americans just don't "do" classical music properly? Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been on a multi-decade campaign to push back against that idea. Henry Cowell's work is idiosyncratic, sure -- he helped pioneer the tone-cluster -- but his Piano Concerto follows a familiar three-movement form. And with Jeremy Denk as soloist, the underlying piece is revealed as something that deserves elite players. Varese's Ameriques is also a specialty of this orchestra, and it's good to have their muscular approach to the piece on a recording. An outstanding album.
Seth Colter Walls

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