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Ward: First Symphony, Bath County Rhapsody, etc / Balter, Robinson, Hawkins, Bagg, et al

Album Summary

>Ward, Robert : Quintet for oboe & string quartet
>Ward, Robert : Raleigh Divertimento
>Ward, Robert : Bath County Rhapsody, for piano & string quartet
>Ward, Robert : Arioso & Tarantelle for cello & piano
>Ward, Robert : Symphony no 1
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Highlighting this recording is Ward's First Symphony, written in 1942 when he was a graduate student in composition and conducting at Juilliard. This was his first work to bring him national attention with a critic noting that "...he has the gift for the lyric line... strong melodic expression is supported by an active and resourceful imagination for contrapuntal design, by a great talent for rhythmic variety... The sum of these excellencies is greatness." Ward comments: "In the years after the war I have written many works for diverse media and under other influences. Looking back I hope these efforts might still merit the high praise that critic Glenn Dillard Gunn gave my First Symphony."



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Works Details

>Ward, Robert : Quintet for oboe & string quartet
  • Performer: Joseph Robinson (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ciompi Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ward, Robert : Raleigh Divertimento
  • Ensemble: Czech Nonet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ward, Robert : Bath County Rhapsody, for piano & string quartet
  • Performer: Jane Hawkins (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Ciompi Quartet
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ward, Robert : Arioso & Tarantelle for cello & piano
  • Performers: Jonathan Bagg (Viola); Jane Hawkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ward, Robert : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Alan Balter
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern