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HOVHANESS: Khrimian Hairig / Guitar Concerto / Symphony No. 60


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HOVHANESS: Khrimian Hairig / Guitar Concerto / Symphony No. 60

Of Armenian and Scottish extraction, the American composer Alan Hovhaness was a trend-setting pioneer who absorbed a variety of archaic and modern influences from East and West. He once said: “My purpose is to create music, not for snobs, but for all people – music which is beautiful and healing.” Described by the composer’s wife as his ‘true masterpiece’, Khrimian Hairig, with its trumpet solo, recalls the heroic Armenian priest of the title. Hovhaness’ virtuoso and romantic Guitar Concerto was written for the Bolivian guitarist Juan Calderon. The Symphony No. 60 ‘To the Appalachian Mountains’, expresses the composer’s love of the music and folk poetry of the Appalachians. Other works by Alan Hovhaness can be heard on Naxos 8.559207 and 8.559241.

Hovhaness, Alan

  Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49
1.   Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49 00:07:58
  Guitar Concerto, Op. 325
2.   I. Largo 00:14:36
3.   II. Andante espressivo 00:08:47
4.   III. Allegro Moderato 00:08:35
  Symphony No. 60, Op. 396, "To the Appalachian Mountains"
5.   I. Adagio doloroso 00:10:49
6.   II. Allegro 00:09:33
7.   III. Senza misura: Adagio 00:03:13
8.   IV. Finale: Andante - Allegro 00:09:53

Total Playing Time: 01:13:24

Hovhaness, Alan

Schwarz, Gerard

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Leisner, David; Ranch, Lars

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559294

Barcode: 636943929421

Physical Release: 12/2006

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