“The piece opens with glowing washes and surges of sound, before brass chatterings set the whole orchestra dancing in dotted and syncopated rhythms, with lots of percussion. A dreamy, shimmering episode gives way to busy buzzings. The second movement mingles hypnotic chimings and quasi-chorales from brasses.
In the third movement, a ruminative horn solo — beautifully played by new principal Daniel Hawkins — is spun out over a bed of muted strings. More jitters and chatters animate the finale, spiced with glaring dissonances. A razzle-dazzle performance drew an enthusiastic response, as did Montgomery, who joined in the applause from a side balcony.”Online Version