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SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 10 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Schuman, William
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559255
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


William Schuman juggled many careers in his full and productive life: teacher, administrator, conductor and composer of ten symphonies and a significant representation of music in many genres. Dating from 1960 and 1976 respectively, Schuman’s Seventh and Tenth Symphonies were commissioned for and inspired by two anniversaries, the 75th season of the Boston Symphony and the bicentennial celebration of the United States. Given the composer’s long connection with the city of Boston and his important work in creating an American symphonic “sound”, these symphonies are emblematic of Schuman’s musical roots.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 9 / Circus Overture / Orchestra Song (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) 8.559254
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 10 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) 8.559255


Review By Alan G. Artner,Chicago Tribune,November 2005

The second volume in Naxos' series of the complete symphonies of American composer William Schuman is devoted to two important large-scale commissions, one for the 75th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (No. 7), the other for the bicentennial of the United States (No. 10). They are not, however, purely celebratory. Each presents long stretches of meditative music as well as Schuman's characteristically knotty struggle before blasts of positive energy bring them to conclusion. Schwarz allows everything to unfold naturally, clarifying the thickest textures and forcing nothing. But for these pieces, he has competition from the world-premiere recordings: Maurice Abravanel for No. 7 (Vox) and Leonard Slatkin for No. 10 (RCA), which occasionally offer higher levels of



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