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Irving Fine (1914-1962): Complete Orchestral Works - Toccata Concertante; Notturno; Serious Song; Symphony et al. / BMOP, Rose

Album Summary

>Fine, Irving : Toccata Concertante for orchestra
>Fine, Irving : Notturno for strings & harp
>Fine, Irving : Serious Song, lament for string orchestra
>Fine, Irving : Blue Towers
>Fine, Irving : Diversions for orchestra
>Fine, Irving : Symphony 1962
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BMOP/sound salutes one of its city's native sons with Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works, released in honor of Fine's centenary in December 2014. Irving Fine (1914-1962) was the leading light of the "Boston School" of the 1940s, contributing to both an increasing body of American concert music and a musical community centered in local artistic and intellectual centers such as Tanglewood, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. This disc displays Fine's lyricism, depth, and precision as well as his lively charm and sense of humor. From the marching song Blue Towers and the whimsical miniature Diversions, through spirited orchestral pieces Toccata Concertante, Notturno, and Serious Song, the collection culminates with Fine's 1962 Symphony, a complex and sophisticated work completed just before his untimely death.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Now to BMOP's collection of Fine's six symphonic works. Blue Towers, from 1959, is a lively three-minute overture that might have begun a Broadway show. Diversions, from 1960, is an orchestration of four little piano pieces (toccata, polka, lullaby, gavotte) that adds up to nine minutes. By a margin the best of Fine's early symphonic works, Serious Song, from 1955, is a ten-minute elegy for string orchestra. Here he eschews anything decorative, balancing reticence with genuine emotional depth. The result is statuesque yet affecting. Of key importance is Rose's persuasive shaping of the awe-inspiring final minutes of the symphony, imbuing them with the slowly-growing strength and inevitability that they require. Add the exceptional clarity, richness, and tonal luster of BMOP's sonics, and this release confidently holds its own with its two predecessors.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) (05/12/2014); Rogers Center for the Arts (North Andover, MA) (05/12/2014); Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) (05/15/2014); Rogers Center for the Arts (North Andover, MA) (05/15/2014); Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) (06/30/2014); Rogers Center for the Arts (North Andover, MA) (06/30/2014).



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Works Details

>Fine, Irving : Toccata Concertante for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Fine, Irving : Notturno for strings & harp
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Fine, Irving : Serious Song, lament for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Fine, Irving : Blue Towers
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fine, Irving : Diversions for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Fine, Irving : Symphony 1962
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962