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Posted October 1, 2010
Antheil's 4th Symphony drew our attention to his post-Mahler imagination and craft. Only recently, with the revival of his pre-WW2 opera ''Transatlantic'' in Minneapolis, we learned that the symphony's rather traditional fabric originated in the 1920s, well ahead of the now-familiar similarities of Prokofiev's late symphonies. Antheil was not emulating anyone -- he had as rich a gift for tuneful invention as he had for the brash rhythms of the ''Ballet Mechanique''. Fewer people know the 6th but both symphonies deserve wide appreciation among those who sense that the 20th century gave us a distinctive musical culture that equaled any of the earlier eras. I can hardly wait for Kuchar's recordings of other Antheil works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.