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JONES, S.: Symphony No. 3, "Palo Duro Canyon" / Tuba Concerto (Olka, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Jones, Samuel
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony OrchestraOlka, Christopher, tuba
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559378
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


“Samuel Jones is a sensitive musician with great imagination, and he is a real craftsman. These works should be part of the core of the great American repertoire” (Gerard Schwarz). Of his Symphony No. 3, Jones writes: “I wanted to capture in music that magical moment which everyone experiences when they first see the flat, treeless high plains fall dizzyingly away into the colorful vastness of the Palo Duro Canyon itself.” His Tuba Concerto, which Schwarz regards as “the finest solo work for that instrument ever produced”, was composed for the performers on this disc to showcase the instrument’s amazing range, agility and versatility and to spotlight Christopher Olka’s great artistry.


   




Review By Steve Schwartz ,ClassicalCDReview.com,August 2011

…I find in the first movement the greatest interest and focus, both of which decrease with each successive one. The concerto opens with a Hovhaness-like arabesque line. The second movement—labeled “Adagietto”—begins with the sound of the one in Mahler’s Fifth and the same general character. Jones interrupts the flow with slashing discords, and the rest of the movement tries to get back to equilibrium. It’s good drama, or would be if the discords were all that convincing. They just seem tacked on. The third movement flies all over the place, with the minimum cover of classical rondo. That is, Jones pretty much does what he wants and then returns to a refrain…the episodes contain the most interesting music in the concerto. I

Schwarz and the Seattle do a fine job of championing both pieces. I have no idea what great tuba playing, since I encounter it so rarely, but Christopher Olka convinces me as soloist-hero.

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Review By Zach Carstensen,The Gathering Note,June 2009

Not long after this album hit the shelves did the Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwarz premiered another brass concerto by Jones. That premiere was Jones’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. For this album, Naxos released Jones’s earlier Tuba Concerto. Jones is the composer in residence for the Seattle Symphony. His music isn’t necessarily trail blazing. His music is lyrical and tonal. He doesn’t dabble in microtones or found instruments, but he definitely understands the personality and tastes of the orchestra and its audience. This is made apparent in both of the works recorded for this release.

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Review By Barton Cummings,ITEA Journal,June 2009

Born in 1935 Samuel Jones studied composition under Howard Hanson and received his Doctorate from Eastman. He established the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and served as the founding Dean for six years. He also served as conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and since 1997 has been Composer in Residence with the Seattle Symphony

Written on a commission from the Seattle Symphony through a grant from Sandra Crowder in memory of her husband, world-renowned aeronautical engineer James P. Crowder, it was premiered in 2006 with tubist Christopher Olka and the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

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Review By Barton Cummings,ITEA Journal,June 2009

Born in 1935 Samuel Jones studied composition under Howard Hanson and received his Doctorate from Eastman. He established the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and served as the founding Dean for six years. He also served as conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and since 1997 has been Composer in Residence with the Seattle Symphony

Written on a commission from the Seattle Symphony through a grant from Sandra Crowder in memory of her husband, world-renowned aeronautical engineer James P. Crowder, it was premiered in 2006 with tubist Christopher Olka and the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Samuel Jones belongs to that group of American composers writing in a style that is purely tonal and immediately communicates with his audience. A composition pupil of Howard Hanson, they shared a desire to create attractive melodic invention, though you feel some of his inspiration has come from British music, Malcolm Arnold springing to mind in the three movements of the Tuba Concerto. A powerful opening movement leading to a central Andante that explores the creamy texture of the instrument, the work was commissioned in memory of James Crowder, an amateur tuba player, but known to the world for the advances he made in aviation’s understanding of the flow of air over aeroplane wings. That achievement is reflected most graphically in the final movement. The score also

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