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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 3 - Symphony No. 3 / Merry Mount Suite (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Hanson, Howard
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559702
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Hanson’s symphonic cycle is one of the most important in American music. The Third Symphony, composed between 1936 and 1938, is imbued with the rich Nordic sensibility that runs through the First. It owes its impetus to the pioneering Swedish settlements in America, and its expansive lyricism is beautifully calibrated, with a chorale theme acting as a hopeful constant throughout the journey. Hanson wrote his opera Merry Mount, possibly his most ambitious work, in 1934. Four years later he produced this vibrant orchestral suite. The complete opera, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, is available on 8.669012–13. “[T]he power of Hanson’s earlier works lies in the unabashed hyperbole of their

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Review By Paul Corfield Godfrey,MusicWeb International,May 2012

One of Gerard Schwarz’s many services to American music during his period in residence in Seattle was to resurrect and re-record the music of Hanson. This included a considerable number of works that Hanson himself never committed to disc. These recordings did a very great deal to vindicate the music itself. More modern recording brought out many subtleties in the scoring, that the Eastman-Rochester stereo originals tended to obscure and absorb. These Delos tapes are now re-emerging, differently coupled, on the Naxos label and their reappearance is a cause for rejoicing.

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Review By Paul Corfield Godfrey,MusicWeb International,May 2012

One of Gerard Schwarz’s many services to American music during his period in residence in Seattle was to resurrect and re-record the music of Hanson. This included a considerable number of works that Hanson himself never committed to disc. These recordings did a very great deal to vindicate the music itself. More modern recording brought out many subtleties in the scoring, that the Eastman-Rochester stereo originals tended to obscure and absorb. These Delos tapes are now re-emerging, differently coupled, on the Naxos label and their reappearance is a cause for rejoicing.

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