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Don Gillis: Symphonies no 1, 2 & 5 1/2 / Ian Hobson, et al

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> Symphony No. 1, "An American Symphony" - I. Slowly; briskly - brightly
> Symphony No. 1, "An American Symphony" - II. Slowly - tenderly
> Symphony No. 1, "An American Symphony" - III. Finale: Vivace
> Symphony No. 2, "A Symphony of Faith" - I. Slowly; brightly
> Symphony No. 2, "A Symphony of Faith" - II. Quite slowly; moderately fast
> Symphony No. 2, "A Symphony of Faith" - III. Quite fast - in a gay manner
> Symphony No. 5 1/2, "A Symphony for Fun" - I. Perpetual Emotion: Quite fast, in a gay manner
> Symphony No. 5 1/2, "A Symphony for Fun" - II. Spiritual?: Slowly
> Symphony No. 5 1/2, "A Symphony for Fun" - III. Scherzofrenia: Briskly, in a gay manner
> Symphony No. 5 1/2, "A Symphony for Fun" - IV. Conclusion!: Quite fast

Album Summary

>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 1 "An American Symphony"
>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 2 "A Symphony of Faith"
>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 5 1/2 "A Symphony for Fun"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"If you're looking for music that offers the style of, say, Gershwin, but in larger forms, then Don Gillis is your guy. His first two symphonies, both in three movements and lasting a bit more than 30 minutes apiece, are bold, tuneful works saturated with the melodies, rhythms, and harmonies of American popular song of the 1930s and '40s. They are wonderfully enjoyable; Gillis stands in the same relationship to American music as, say, Vaughan Williams does to English. You may find his style a little too easy, or too lacking in traditional symphonic development, but there's no denying the fact that he's comfortable in his own shoes and solidly grounded in his own time and place. And that, of course, as with Vaughan Williams, is the source of his distinctiveness, and hopefully is the most important factor contributing to his music's long-term prospectsWith 78-plus minutes of music and with generally fine sonics, this disc earns an easy recommendation for the first two symphonies, both of which are premiere recordings." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 1 "An American Symphony"
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Studio S1 of Polish Radio (11/16/2005/11/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 2 "A Symphony of Faith"
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Studio S1 of Polish Radio (11/16/2005/11/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Gillis, Don : Symphony no 5 1/2 "A Symphony for Fun"
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Studio S1 of Polish Radio (11/16/2005/11/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1946