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A fine conclusion to the series, but not the place to startNov. 28 2008
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Format: Audio CD
This is the final installment of Marco Polo's survey of the twelve symphonies by Alexander Moyzes (1906-1984) performed by the Slovak Radio Orchestra under Ladislav Slovák, and again the performances are more than serviceable - in fact, with respect to performance and sound quality this is perhaps the best in the series.
The symphonies here are of the same conservatively tonal style of the predecessors. The 11th is mainly light-hearted (except for the very beginning) and partially based on dance-rhythms, the twelfth is more concentrated and is written in a simpler language than any of the previous symphonies. Both are fine works, but no masterpieces - in fact, I find it hard to shake the feeling that Moyzes' level of inspiration might have flagged a little in these final works.