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Ross Harris: symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 / Madeleine Pierard, soprano

> Symphony No. 2 - I. quarter note = 116
> Symphony No. 2 - II. quarter note = 52
> Symphony No. 2 - III. dotted quarter note = 112
> Symphony No. 2 - IV. quarter note = 50
> Symphony No. 3 - quarter note = 52 -
> Symphony No. 3 - [26]: quarter note = 104 -
> Symphony No. 3 - [52]: eighth note = 69 -
> Symphony No. 3 - [65]: quarter note = 72

Album Summary

>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 2, for soprano & orchestra
>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 3
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Described as "often beautiful and sometimes frightening" (NZ Listener), Ross Harris's Symphony No. 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent O'Sullivan's deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score. Symphony No. 3 is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, and develops and transforms klezmerlike tunes as its basic material. These symphonies were composed for the Auckland Philharmonia, and both won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. From 2008 to 2010 Marko Letonja was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, and from 2012 to 2014 will be Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Marko Letonja has been appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from the 2012/13 season.

David's Review Corner
The language moves to a modern mix of tonality and atonality, its four continuous movements hard hitting at the outset, becoming even more vicious in the fierce drumming invading the scherzo, while the third movement is cold and bleak, rather in the mode of Shostakovich, the finale passing through stormy moments to end in peace. The Second Symphony is derived from a 'live' radio broadcast, the Third is a studio recording. The orchestra, conducted by the Slovenian, Marko Letonja, play with that conviction new works hope for, the New Zealand soprano, Madeleine Pierard, having that pure and unaffected voice ideal for the Second Symphony.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The orchestra is very good, and all the soloists are strong. Pierard is an excellent singer, and her diction is clean; she never gets covered by the orchestra. The sound is rich and spacious, very natural; notes and texts in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand.


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Works Details

>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 2, for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Madeleine Pierard
  • Conductor: Marko Letonja
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006

>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 3
  • Conductor: Marko Letonja
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live