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HANSON: Symphony No. 1, 'Nordic' / Merry Mount Suite

Composer(s):Hanson, Howard
Artist(s) Schermerhorn, Kenneth, Conductor • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559072
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Schermerhorn gives a relaxed account of the First Symphony, notably slower than the composer’s own thrusting Mercury account, but this warmer approach offers its own rewards, especially in some of the more lyrical passages. The two tone-poems are rarities: Pan and the Priest, written during 1925–6, begins quite mournfully on a solo cor anglais, and is passionate and reflective in turn, with the orchestra (including a piano) used colourfully. The Rhythmic Variations are melancholic and contemplative in nature, but appealing also, and the colourful Merry Mount suite (one of Hanson’s best works) is splendidly done. The Nashville SO play well for Schermerhorn, and the sound is warm and reasonably vivid. Good value.


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