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Peter Mennin: "Moby Dick"; Symphony no 3; Symphony no 7 "Variation-Symphony" / Schwarz, Seattle SO

> Concertato, "Moby Dick" - Concertato, "Moby Dick"
> Symphony No. 3 - I. Allegro robusto
> Symphony No. 3 - II. Andante moderato
> Symphony No. 3 - III. Allegro assai
> Symphony No. 7, "Variation-Symphony" - Symphony No. 7, "Variation-Symphony"

Album Summary

>Mennin, Peter : Concertato for Orchestra "Moby Dick"
>Mennin, Peter : Symphony no 3
>Mennin, Peter : Symphony no 7 "Variation-Symphony"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Peter Mennin was a leading member of the school of American symphonic composers who came of age in the 1930s and 1940s, a group that includes David Diamond, William Schuman and others. Cast in a traditional design of three movements in a fast-slow-fast pattern, Symphony No. 3 is a work of great contrapuntal energy, percussive accents and propulsive rhythms. The composer described the passionate slow movement as "an extended song ... making use of sustained voice-weaving." Symphony No. 7 develops in a single movement of remarkable contrasts and intensity. An exception to Mennin's "pure" compositional approach, the concertato Moby Dick depicts "the emotional impact of the novel as a whole." This recording has been acclaimed as "a fine tribute to an inexplicably neglected figure of the century's American music scene" (Chicago Tribune).

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The Seattle players do a representative job, and if you are not familiar with the piece, or any of this music, this should be considered an essential addition to your library, especially at this price. It was originally released on Delos.

Gramophone
Mennin's... Third, with a fine slow movement, reveals that influences from across the pond included Sibelius and Vaughan Williams. This reissue... brings back one of a number of neglected American symphonists of the period - with Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1994-11-21_1994-11-22&1995-).



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Works Details

>Mennin, Peter : Concertato for Orchestra "Moby Dick"
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1994-11-21_1994-11-22&1995-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Mennin, Peter : Symphony no 3
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1994-11-21_1994-11-22&1995-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1946

>Mennin, Peter : Symphony no 7 "Variation-Symphony"
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (1994-11-21_1994-11-22&1995-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964