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DIAMOND: Symphony No. 1 / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Enormous Room

Composer(s):Diamond, David
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony OrchestraTalvi, Ilkka, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559157
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


“To me, the romantic spirit in music is important because it is timeless.”

These words by David Diamond capture the essence not only of the composer himself, but of an entire generation of American composers whose heartfelt music was born during the Great Depression and World War II. Symphony No. 1, the composer's first “real” symphony, was written upon Diamond's return from Paris where he studied with Boulanger. The Violin Concerto No. 2 had its first and only performance in 1948. Difficulties with the family who commissioned it prevented any further performances until Gerard Schwarz arranged for its United States premère in 1991. The Enormous Room is based on E.E. Cummings' book describing the author's



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Like Barber, Piston and Roy Harris, Diamond was pushed aside in the late 1950s when the march of serialism and post-serialism seemed unstoppable, and Boulez and his followers dismissed such music as irrelevant. However, this generation is returning with a vengeance and Diamond has enjoyed considerable exposure in the last decade or so. The First Symphony was composed after the outbreak of war had forced Diamond to abandon his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and return to America, and the piece is undoubtedly an auspicious beginning to his impressive symphonic portfolio. The lyrical Second Violin Concerto (1947) is a bit Stravinskian with a dash of Walton. It is finely played by the Finnish-born Ilkka Talvi; and the fantasia, The Enormous Room (1948),



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