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MCTEE, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play

MCTEE, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Leonard Slatkin


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra



Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, USA


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 66:43
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MCTEE, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play

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Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra

2 I. Introduction: On with the Dance 08:20
3 II. Adagio: Till a Silence Fell 11:48
4 III. Waltz: Light Fantastic 03:23
5 IV. Finale: Where Time Plays the Fiddle 06:46

Einstein's Dream


Double Play

7 I. The Unquestioned Answer 07:47
8 II. Tempus Fugit 08:57
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Leonard Slatkin Conductor

 Cindy McTee’s compositions embody the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America. Circuits, ‘a boisterously jazzy sprint’ (Detroit Free Press), is followed by Symphony No 1, a smartly assembled work whose diverse ideas ‘seemed to unfold naturally within an orchestral fabric that used the ensemble’s full coloristic range’ (The New York Times). The use of computer music in Einstein’s Dream lends sonic complexity to a piece that celebrates the scientist’s work on quantum theory. Double Play, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ‘hums with craftsmanship and a catholic array of influences across several centuries’ (The Washington Post).

"...this CD is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The work of orchestra and conductor in these performances is exemplary, something that I have not always felt when hearing recent recordings from this source. The engineering is superb. I can think of no better way to come to know the work of this fascinating composer. Highly recommended." 

Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - May/June 2014

"Circuits with its references to kinetic energy is an energetic overture to this disc and is full of references to the hurly-burly we associate with modern America. It is forceful and to me conjures up the world of a busy city. Symphony No. 1 begins with great force, making an immediate impact. I was impressed by the symphonic structure and a full use of the orchestra that brings colour to her ideas. All in all an impressive piece, well executed.This is a disc that certainly deserves the attention of anyone who is not hopelessly averse to modern works. The playing and recording are first rate. The stand-out for me was the Symphony but I found all the pieces well worth hearing. It will be interesting to hear more from Cindy McTee."

David R Dunsmore - - September 2014

 "...The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its maestro are totally on top of this thrilling ride ...the DSO playing like demons."

Colin Anderson -

"...Regarded as one of the most brilliant composers of her generation, Cindy McTee demonstrates her prodigious skills at orchestral writing in this 2013 Naxos release ..." ****½

Blair Sanderson - - January 2014

"Cindy McTee’s stylistically wide-ranging music is so imaginative, colorful and good-natured that it is really entertaining."  ****

Remy Franck - Pizzicato - January 2014


"It has been said that her music reflects a “charging, churning celebration of the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America.” Circuits instantly testifies to this with its headlong nervy rushing helter-skelter. In this super-propulsive writing she shares lineage with Schuman, Bernstein and some of the minimalists. There is more sharing to come with avant-garde influences absorbed into her schemes—Pendereckian string writing, chattering voices and clashing percussion. At the other extreme she has a gift for lush romantic music."

Rob Barnett - - January 2014

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