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HOVHANESS, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1, "Exile Symphony" and 50, "Mount St. Helen" (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Hovhaness, Alan
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Johnson, Ronald, marimba • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559717
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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One of the most intriguing and individual of 20th-century American composers, Alan Hovhaness rejected the cosmopolitan modernism of other leading composers of the 1930s and ’40s. The connection Hovhaness felt with his Armenian heritage is evident in his Exile Symphony, which commemorates the flight forced upon those people by the Ottoman Turks after World War I. Delicacy, charm and vitality in the Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints evoke the composer’s love for Japan, and the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens inspired the Symphony No 50, with its remarkable evocation of the violent power and hauntingly mystic beauty of nature in “startlingly realistic engineering” (Gramophone).


   




Review By Juan Berberana,Ritmo,December 2012

Antes de la reedición del catálogo del antiguo sello Delos, Naxos ya había grabado cinco ediciones del compositor norteamericano (de origen armenio) Alan Hovhaness (1911–2000). Ahora incorpora las grabaciones sinfónicas que Delos realizó en los 80 y 90, en su mayoría con la Orquesta de Seattle y Gerard Schwarz. Hovhaness fue un autor desmesurado en su catálogo (casi 70 Sinfonías) y en su obsesión por salirse de las convenciones musicales de su tiempo, ensimismado por el pasado romántico y la forma sinfónica. Una especie de Havergal Brian americano. Lo cierto es que, conforme vamos conociendo sus obras, no dejan de sorprender por la abundancia de ideas y la capacidad para cultivar la forma

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Review By Juan Berberana,Ritmo,December 2012

Antes de la reedición del catálogo del antiguo sello Delos, Naxos ya había grabado cinco ediciones del compositor norteamericano (de origen armenio) Alan Hovhaness (1911–2000). Ahora incorpora las grabaciones sinfónicas que Delos realizó en los 80 y 90, en su mayoría con la Orquesta de Seattle y Gerard Schwarz. Hovhaness fue un autor desmesurado en su catálogo (casi 70 Sinfonías) y en su obsesión por salirse de las convenciones musicales de su tiempo, ensimismado por el pasado romántico y la forma sinfónica. Una especie de Havergal Brian americano. Lo cierto es que, conforme vamos conociendo sus obras, no dejan de sorprender por la abundancia de ideas y la capacidad para cultivar la forma

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Review By Juan Berberana,Ritmo,December 2012

Antes de la reedición del catálogo del antiguo sello Delos, Naxos ya había grabado cinco ediciones del compositor norteamericano (de origen armenio) Alan Hovhaness (1911–2000). Ahora incorpora las grabaciones sinfónicas que Delos realizó en los 80 y 90, en su mayoría con la Orquesta de Seattle y Gerard Schwarz. Hovhaness fue un autor desmesurado en su catálogo (casi 70 Sinfonías) y en su obsesión por salirse de las convenciones musicales de su tiempo, ensimismado por el pasado romántico y la forma sinfónica. Una especie de Havergal Brian americano. Lo cierto es que, conforme vamos conociendo sus obras, no dejan de sorprender por la abundancia de ideas y la capacidad para cultivar la forma

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Review By Infodad.com,July 2012

Hovhaness was initially influenced by the music of American composers and by music from Armenia (his father was Armenian); later he became highly interested in the traditional music of nations such as India, Japan and South Korea. Like many 20th-century American composers, he was accretive; but he also developed a sound of his own, largely through his assimilation of non-Western works. His First Symphony, which dates to 1926 but was revised in 1970, has the title “Exile” in commemoration of the fleeing of Armenians before the Ottoman Turks after World War I—an event still producing controversy and deeply conflicting feelings today. Expressive and passionate, this symphony blends grace with intensity. A different tradition, that of Japan, infuses Fantasy on which prominently features a xylophone or marimba in a work of considerable charm. In contrast, Symphony No. 50 is intended to evoke both the violence of nature (commemorating the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980) and its majesty. This work strives somewhat unconvincingly toward mysticism and a feeling of meaningfulness underlying the event that brought it into being, but it is effectively orchestrated—as Hovhaness’ music usually is—and has some elements of real power. The Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz plays the music with clarity and skill… © Infodad.com Read complete review

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