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American Classics - Harris: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Alsop, et al

Album Summary

>Harris, Roy : Symphony no 3, in one movement
>Harris, Roy : Symphony no 4 ("Folk Song")
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Strongly influenced by his native Oklahoma, Roy Harris studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, returning to America to establish himself as one of the leading composers of his generation. Described by the conductor, Serge Koussevitzky, as "the first great symphony by an American composer", 'Symphony No. 3' is remarkable for its broad, sweeping melodies evoking vast landscapes, and for its affecting fusion of plainsong, Renaissance polyphony, hymnody and folk song. This is the first release of a projected Naxos cycle of the thirteen Roy Harris orchestral symphonies.

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For at least a generation this was regarded as the greatest American symphony: Koussevitzky hailed it after the premiere (his recording is in a Koussevitzky box-set on Membran Artone). The Third is the obvious choice since it established Harris and is a concise example of his single-movement design. His reputation has faded but Bernstein knew how to give the ending intensity (DG, 11/87, coupled with Schuman's Third) and Alsop now carries the torch.



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>Harris, Roy : Symphony no 3, in one movement
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Denver, CO (01/22/2005-01/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Harris, Roy : Symphony no 4 ("Folk Song")
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Denver, CO (01/22/2005-01/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live