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The Orchestra of the Americas performs Aaron Copland’s euphoric Third Symphony and Mexican composer Carlos Chávez’s rousing Sinfonía india in a thrilling Linn debut. Carlos Miguel Prieto, known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations, directs the orchestra. The Orchestra of the Americas performed both works at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival as part of a European tour, which saw the orchestra perform at the Rheingau Festival, the Elbphilharmonie and the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. Full of hope, heroism and joyful optimism Copland’s Third Symphony is considered the ‘Great American Symphony’; it is perhaps most famous for its finale in which Copland incorporates his Fanfare for the Common Man, an exhilarating conclusion that leaves listeners uplifted. With scintillating indigenous melodies, complex rhythms and highly percussive orchestration, Chávez’s Sinfonía india is the perfect piece to end the programme and showcase this passionate, flamboyant and brilliantly incisive orchestra.
"I love the fact that this is not only full of vitality but also full of extremely crisp playing...and the recording [is] effortlessly spectacular. It does everything you could possibly want it to do."
BBC Radio 3
"Prieto is most persuasive in lyrical music. The central trio of that scherzo-like second movement – at once mellifluous and piquant – is a lovely example..."
"Prieto’s expansive recording is splendid and wide-ranging."
Classical CD Choice
"I found Prieto completely persuasive. I was struck by the excellence of both the orchestral playing and the recorded sound."
"Carlos Miguel Prieto and his players catch the ethnic flavourings in Chávez’s Sinfonía india colourfully, in a performance full of snap and bounding energy."
BBC Music Magazine
"Prieto brings out the lyrical qualities of both symphonies with exquisite phrasing and lovely playing by The Orchestra of the Americas."
Art Music Lounge
"4.5* : The Orchestra of the Americas handles the crucial brass writing of both composers well. It's a superior Copland 3... Highly recommended."
All Music, 1 October 2019
"... he makes a convincing case for the lyricism in the middle section and indeed the final section does sparkle. Clearly Prieto is a fine musician who seems to have great control at the podium."