Choral Symphony - Symphony No 6


by Carl Vine

‘It’s elegant. It’s succinct. It works… Vine’s music is so articulate, so well conceived that, for new music, it makes for unmodishly easy listening. His Choral Symphony (No 6) is a fine example of effective and affecting music. It is full of the past – Verdi, Holst and Orff come through loud and clear – but woven among the comforting resonances are startlingly original orchestration and melodic material which takes the ear by surprise. The second movement, in particular, is a classic feelgood piece where simple harmonies and complex rhythms combine to make a grand song of praise. The third movement, a hymn to the moon, uses disorienting pitch bends and glissandi to great effect, and the last movement is an explosion of orchestral colour.’ Sydney Morning Herald (Harriet Cunningham), 19 March 2003

'…it has a refreshing directness and immediacy … Arresting brass fanfares abound in the work, with organ, deep-toned strings and woodwind trills generating an atmospehre of solemn grandeur …' The West Australian (Neville Cohn), March 1996

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