Musica Viva 20
At the age of 85, Elliott Carter embarked upon the composition of a grand tripartite symphony, which has since become one of his undisputed masterworks. This CD contains the Symphonia: Sum Fluxae Pretium Spei (1993-'96) interpreted by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emilio Pomàrico. Carter's music is marked by the constructive tendencies of European modernity as well as the great originality so typical for American composers. Appropriately, the CD program is completed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra's performance, conducted by Stefan Asbury, of an outstanding concert overture extremely rich in contrast, by the great maverick Charles Ives. During his high school days, Carter, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 103, received considerable encouragement from Ives.