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Taytoman Agonistes
Monday, February 13, 2006
This was, predictably, mighty. What made it all the more mighty was, at risk of stating the obvious, seeing the piece live. Really the iPod and its ilk do not capture the sheer force and majesty of the piece. I had always, to be honest, loved the wildly bombastic invasion sequence of movement one and ignored the rest. Live, the rest is actually more effective - the constant edge of menace throughout even the more "pastoral" seeming bits, the sheer triumphantness/triumphalism of the final movement.....

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