Kay: Sinfonia in E; Binkerd: Symphony No. 2

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; George Barati, conductor

Ulysses Kay’s Sinfonia in E was composed in 1950 during a stay in Rome. The first performance was given by the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, on May 2, 1951.

The composer describes his symphony as follows:

“The first movement (Larghetto) opens with long sustained lines in the horn and strings; as the movement continues it gains momentum through the introduction of smaller note-values. The fast second movement makes particular use of fugal principles. The third movement opens with a slow introduction; in the main body of the movement (Grazioso) melodic interest lies largely in the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra; after a climax for full orchestra, there is a slow epilogue. The last movement is an animated finale.”

The form of Gordon Binkerd’s Symphony No. 2 is unusual in that it consists of only two movements and they are in the unexpected order, fast-slow. The architectural plan of this piece involves an opening fast movement of very large proportion, which generates much tension and excitement and culminates in a triumphant brass triad. From this peak the slow movement leisurely begins to unwind at considerable length. Near the end the orchestra is activated as the strings and brass break into a brief incandescence, and the alto flute then closes the movement in much the same way that it had opened it.

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Kay: Sinfonia in E; Binkerd: Symphony No. 2

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Track Listing

Sinfonia in E: Sinfonia in E: I. Larghetto
Ulysses Kay
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Sinfonia in E: Sinfonia in E: II. Allegro pesante
Ulysses Kay
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Sinfonia in E: Sinfonia in E: III. Adagio ‰ÛÒ Grazioso ‰ÛÒ Adagio
Ulysses Kay
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Sinfonia in E: Sinfonia in E: IV. Allegro
Ulysses Kay
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Symphony No. 2: Symphony No. 2: I. Moderately fast
Gordon Binkerd
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Symphony No. 2: Symphony No. 2: II. Slow
Gordon Binkerd
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