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Hovhaness: Khrimian Hairig, etc / Schwarz, Leisner, et al

Album Summary

>Hovhaness, Alan : Khrimian Hairig, for trumpet & string orchestra, Op. 49
>Hovhaness, Alan : Concerto for guitar & orchestra, Op. 325
>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 60 ("To the Appalachian Mountains"), Op. 396
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"What is so often missing from many performances [of Hovhaness' music] is committed playing, giving the music the strength, beauty, and confidence that so often makes all the difference between "getting through the notes" and really giving the music the quality of response that it needs and deserves. This disc, all premiere recordings, does the latter, and even if you dislike Hovhaness you might well be impressed by the results... The Guitar Concerto must be numbered among the more successful works in its genre. It has all of the composer's hallmark fingerprints, but it also reveals an astutely judged understanding of how to pit such a weak-toned instrument against a large orchestra. In terms of color, texture, and contrast, the music is wholly beguiling and never overstays its welcome. The same holds true for Symphony No. 60. At a bit more than half an hour, this is a long work for Hovhaness, but the inclusion of some American folk music makes an interesting contrast with his usual Eastern modes, while the four movements once again offer an unusually broad range of contrast and sonority. Best of all, the entire program is extremely well played, from guitarist David Leisner on up. This isn't difficult music technically, but it must never sound tired or lazy, and here it doesn't. The disc offers what in effect is an entire mini-concert--overture, concerto, and symphony--and you can listen to the whole thing straight through without fear of monotony. Sensitive and coherent notes by the late composer's wife add to the overall appeal, as does the excellent sound, particularly in the difficult-to-balance Guitar Concerto." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Hovhaness, Alan : Khrimian Hairig, for trumpet & string orchestra, Op. 49
  • Performer: Lars Ranch (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dalheim, Germany (07/06/2005-07/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1944

>Hovhaness, Alan : Concerto for guitar & orchestra, Op. 325
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dalheim, Germany (07/06/2005-07/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Hovhaness, Alan : Symphony no 60 ("To the Appalachian Mountains"), Op. 396
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dalheim, Germany (07/06/2005-07/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985