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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 2 - Symphony No. 2 / Lux aeterna / Mosaics (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Hanson, Howard
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony OrchestraGulkis, Susan, viola
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559701
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Hanson’s intent in 1930 to write music that was “young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament”, was fully realised in his ardent Second Symphony. This, his best known symphonic statement, acknowledges a Sibelian inheritance through horn fanfares, powerfully lyric string writing, and a sense of unity both all-embracing and memorable. Lux Aeterna is a rhapsodic, strongly modal work for viola and orchestra, richly repaying Hanson’s interest in Palestrina. Mosaics is a much later set of variations revealing his organisational control and expressive power. “Richly drawn is the Second Symphony—the Romantic, its second movement anthem beloved of millions of Americans. [Schwarz’s]

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