When I was invited to compose a work for Leonard Slatkin’s birthday season with the National Symphony Orchestra, I discussed with him the possibility of a symphony based on the Toltec wisdom tradition. As a man who has single-mindedly devoted himself to becoming a Man of (Musical) Knowledge I thought he would be intrigued by the Toltec point of view. He accepted my suggestion with enthusiasm.
The present recording, which is once again a work conducted by Dennis Russell Davies performed by the Bruckner Orchester Linz, represents my more recent thinking about this symphony. The revisions which now appear at the end of the symphony, and indeed the warmth and enthusiasm of the Bruckner Orchester Linz under Davies’ leadership, has finally provided me with an opportunity to make a definitive recording of the work.
Finally, I would like to thank Victor Sanchez who, through his books, teaching and his fieldwork, has made a lifetime effort to preserve and clarify the Toltec tradition for people today. He has kindly and patiently ‘opened the door’ to this tradition for me.