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Ross Harris (b.1945): Symphony No. 5; Violin Concerto [World Premiere Recordings] / Ilya Gringolts, violin; Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo; Eckehard Stier, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Album Summary

>Harris, Ross : Concerto for Violin
>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 5, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ross Harris's Fifth Symphony was inspired by the poems of Panni Palasti, many of which reflect her experiences during the siege of Budapest in World War II. Forming the emotional core of the work and set to gentle melodies against hushed, sophisticated orchestration, the three songs form a stark contrast with the violent and disturbing imagery of the two Scherzos and the austere beauty of the opening and closing Adagios. The beautifully textured Violin Concerto hovers tantalisingly between tonality and atonality, with the soloist rarely out of the limelight, decorating and rhapsodising on the material.

MusicWeb International, July 2016
The refreshingly clean-voiced mezzo, Sally-Anne Russell sang in the [Fifth Symphony's] premiere. Her touchingly moving role can be heard in her unaffected super-sharp enunciation. This is not mere declamation and so often comes across as if Russell is whispering confidences... orchestral tone and clarity is smooth and clean.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand (02/19/2015-02/20/2015); Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand (08/14/2013-08/15/2013).



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>Harris, Ross : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
  • Conductor: Garry Walker
  • Ensemble: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand (02/19/2015-02/20/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010

>Harris, Ross : Symphony no 5, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • Conductor: Eckehard Stier
  • Notes: Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand (08/14/2013-08/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2013