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DIAMOND: Symphony No. 1 / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Enormous Room


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DIAMOND: Symphony No. 1 / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Enormous Room

“To me, the romantic spirit in music is important because it is timeless.”

These words by David Diamond capture the essence not only of the composer himself, but of an entire generation of American composers whose heartfelt music was born during the Great Depression and World War II. Symphony No. 1, the composer's first “real” symphony, was written upon Diamond's return from Paris where he studied with Boulanger. The Violin Concerto No. 2 had its first and only performance in 1948. Difficulties with the family who commissioned it prevented any further performances until Gerard Schwarz arranged for its United States premère in 1991. The Enormous Room is based on E.E. Cummings' book describing the author's incaceration in a French detention camp during World War I. In 1948, Diamond, inspired by cummings' words and deeds, composed this instrumental work in which he “tried to interpret literary ideas in musically programmatic terms.”

Diamond, David

  Symphony No. 1
1.   Allegro moderato con energia 00:07:06
2.   Andante maestoso 00:08:30
3.   Maestoso - Adagio - Allegro vivo 00:06:27
  Violin Concerto No. 2
4.   Allegro aperto 00:11:27
5.   Adagio affettuoso 00:11:08
6.   Allegro vivo 00:10:48
  The Enormous Room (Fantasia for Orchestra)
7.   The Enormous Room 00:15:32

Total Playing Time: 01:10:58

Diamond, David

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Talvi, Ilkka

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559157

Barcode: 0636943915721

Physical Release: 06/2003

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