The subtitle, Nähe Fern (“distant closeness”), exactly
describes the feel of the orchestral movements, which never quote directly from
the Brahms symphonies but seem constantly haunted by them – in their harmonic
tints and textures, and in the melodic shapes that wander elusively through
them. (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)
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It's a strange, but
not unsatisfying work: in the second piece, the furtive manner suggests an
animal tentatively considering a new beast in its habitat, while the final
piece involves a more deliberate distancing, by having the trumpets departing
to play the closing section offstage. (Andy Gill, The Independent)
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