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Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 1 "Exile"; Symphony No. 50 "Mount Saint Helens" / Schwarz, Seattle SO

> Symphony No. 1, Op. 17, No. 2, "Exile Symphony" - I. Andante espressivo - Allegro
> Symphony No. 1, Op. 17, No. 2, "Exile Symphony" - II. Grazioso
> Symphony No. 1, Op. 17, No. 2, "Exile Symphony" - III. Finale: Andante - Presto
> Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211 - Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211
> Symphony No. 50, Op. 360, "Mount St. Helens" - I. Andante
> Symphony No. 50, Op. 360, "Mount St. Helens" - II. Spirit Lake: Allegro
> Symphony No. 50, Op. 360, "Mount St. Helens" - III. Volcano: Adagio - Allegro

Album Summary

>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 1 ("Exile Symphony"), Op. 17
>Hovhaness, Alan : Fantasy on Japanese woodprints, Op. 211
>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 50 ("Mount St. Helens"), Op. 360
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the most intriguing and individual of 20th century American composers, Alan Hovhaness rejected the cosmopolitan modernism of other leading composers of the 1930s and '40s. The connection Hovhaness felt with his Armenian heritage is evident in his Exile Symphony, which commemorates the flight forced upon those people by the Ottoman Turks after World War I. Delicacy, charm and vitality in the Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints evoke the composer's love for Japan, and the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens inspired the Symphony No. 50, with its remarkable evocation of the violent power and hauntingly mystic beauty of nature in "startlingly realistic engineering" (Gramophone).

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
In general it must be said that Mr Schwarz is a good champion for this Seattle composer. His readings are spirited and joyous, and the orchestra plays well. The fact that Naxos is rearranging the pieces will drive you crazy if you have some of the Delos releases and want to find the works you don't have. Symphony 1 and Japanese Woodprints were together on Delos 3168 (July/Aug 1995). But Mt St Helens was elsewhere (Delos 3137, Nov/Dec 1993).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA.



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Works Details

>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 1 ("Exile Symphony"), Op. 17
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1990-06-06&1990-06-07&1990-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1936-1970

>Hovhaness, Alan : Fantasy on Japanese woodprints, Op. 211
  • Performer: Ron Johnson (Marimba)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1990-06-06&1990-06-07&1990-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 50 ("Mount St. Helens"), Op. 360
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (05/17/1992/05/19/1992)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1982