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Centuria S-Quark Symphony


Composer: Stas Namin
Conductor: Lee Reynolds
Performed by: London Symphony Orchestra
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 11 January 2019

Navona Records release composer Stas Namin's Centuria S-Quark Symphony, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The symphony is based on the composer’s prediction of a strange, material world to come in which humanity functions less as a community and instead favours individual interests...

Stas Namin's Centuria S-Quark Symphony is a single track album (23 min, 12 sec) that has hints of Holst's The Planets, Op. 32, Aaron Copland's 1938 ballet Billy the Kid and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. Not to mention numerous other well renowned works.

I don't mean that as an insult. I'm not saying that Namin is paying homage to these pieces, rather that on occasion - a beat here and a melody there - I was reminded of them in passing.

What Namin delivers here is a mini masterpiece. It's a shame that Navona didn't include more of the composers work to give us an hour or more of music but what we get is a classical work with a hell of a lot of soul and plenty of spirit.


Darren Rea

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