Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Over the past several months we have be re-introducing the New Millennium label and the works of Hayden Wayne. "Cross-over" is probably not strong enough to describe this music! His chamber and orchestral works alone are a kaleidoscopic mix of multiple influences and styles, a synthesis that goes beyond what used to be called "third stream" in the good old days of the 1950s. As Wayne writes of this particular work, "Funk was born into me. I danced to and performed it as a kid and subsequently wanted to put it into symphonic form, part of a trilogy which includes Symphony No. 2, "Reggae," and Symphony No. 3, "Heavy Metal." Symphony No. 4, "Funk," was begun on May 21, 1990 and completed November 20, 1991. It had its world premiere at the Janacek Theatre in Brno, February 23, 1995. The concert was sold out seven months in advance."
"Just plain entertaining - Hayden Wayne's Fourth Symphony on New Millenium... Wayne's Fourth Symphony is essentially a dance symphony for the very late twentieth century, and I can see a youngish Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein (ah, were they still around!) writing a work such as this in the nineties. I enjoyed the heck out of it." - Stephen Ellis, Fanfare
Editor: Hubert Geschwandtner.