In another context, the brass and percussion sonorities might be said to seem 'brilliant'; here they suggest a hard surface, even a weightiness, for the rapid-fire passages they overlay always seem pressed against one another and pressured by a manic kind of energy. For all the virtuosity demanded of the orchestra, Tower's Concerto does not have the effect of a showing-off piece. It is a serious statement on the composer's part, very well-crafted, very powerful.
...a half-hour trip through a large landscape in which constantly changing musical shapes and gestures suggest a time span spent traversing great spaces and long distances.
Tower has devised interesting and grateful musical challenges for every player