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HOVHANESS: Guitar Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 63 / Fanfare for the New Atlantis

Composer(s):Hovhaness, Alan
Artist(s) Robertson, Stewart, Conductor • Calderon, Javier, guitar • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559336
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
 


Alan Hovhaness was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century. He stood alone among composers who were otherwise writing according to the flow of modern thinking, opposed to melody and emotion, and dismissing classical form and contrapuntal writing. Fanfare for the New Atlantis is a symphonic celebration of the rebirth of the legendary island of Atlantis. The Guitar Concerto No. 2 is full of lively dance-like music and rapidly changing rhythmic patterns. Symphony No. 63 ‘Loon Lake’ is full of nostalgia for the New Hampshire countryside of Hovhaness’s youth. It was commissioned by the New Hampshire Music Festival in conjunction with the Loon Preservation Society, who specifically requested the sound of the loon cry

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2008

Alan Hovhaness belongs to that group of prolific composers who are often reproved for spreading their material over too many works, though, as this disc shows, he speaks a language easily understood by audiences grappling with modernist music. Of mixed Armenian and Scottish descent, he passed through four distinct phases, making it difficult to categorise his output overall, though his religious beliefs have coloured many of his scores. His output included sixty-seven symphonies, the Sixty-third dating from 1988 in his seventy-sixth year, is given the sub-title, Loon Lake, in deference to the Loon Preservation Society who specifically requested that the sound of the loon’s cry be included in the symphony. In his younger years Hovhaness had visited his uncle’s farm

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