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This review is from: Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 1 - Mavis in Las Vegas (MP3 Download)
The first movement of the symphony fidgets and fumbles ... I was reminded of a nervous sleight-of-hand magician or perhaps the twitchery of a dreaming animal.
The second movement ripples and glistens then bubbles and churns ... (ripples and glistens then bubbles and churns) ... I believe the rippling and glistening wins out.
The third movement is abound with murk and mist. I couldn't see through it. I was a lost shadow.
The fourth movement slides down a long twisting chute - and while doing so is hit with sparks and glints, dazzles and diktats which tell the slider that, at the end, blurred rainbows wait in silence ...
Overall the symphony is a long walk of a journey: tiring, taxing, perhaps even gruelling, though ultimately the hued air and mysterious views make it worth your while.
The tone poem "Mavis in Las Vegas" glows with obvious blusher and beams with false teeth. Its sarcastic whimsy gradually got to me.