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HAILSTORK, A.: American Port of Call (An) / Symphony No. 1 / 3 Spirituals (Virginia Symphony, Falletta)

Composer(s):Hailstork, Adolphus
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559722
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Award-winning composer Adolphus Hailstork is a vibrant communicator whose music speaks directly and subtly. His Symphony No 1 was commissioned for festival performance and is imbued with the lyrical and vivid qualities of which he is a master. The Three Spirituals are richly affecting orchestral settings originally written for pipe organ. Fanfare on Amazing Grace is nobly conceived and An American Port of Call evokes the bustle inspired by Norfolk, Virginia. Whitman’s Journey is a hymn of hope for those setting out on ‘the seas of life.’


Review By,June 2012

Hailstork’s communication is forthright and vivid, and he interprets “endless seas” more metaphorically than did Vaughan Williams and Hanson, looking at life itself as a sea and one’s life progress as a journey. Written in 2005, Whitman’s Journey has hymnlike qualities and an overall hopeful outlook. The other pieces on this CD are orchestral but no less effectively communicative. Symphony No. 1 (1988) alternates bright and lyrical sections to good effect within a traditional four-movement structure and a modest time span (21 minutes). Three Spirituals (2005) were originally written for organ but sound just fine in orchestral guise, thanks in part to the sheer familiarity of the tunes: “Everytime I Feel the Spirit,”



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