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SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Judith (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)


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SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Judith (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

William Schuman juggled many careers in his full and productive life: teacher, administrator, conductor and composer of ten symphonies as well as a significant representation of music in many genres. His two-movement Symphony No. 3, dating from 1941, derives its organization from Baroque era models. Known as Symphony No. 5, though published without a number, the Symphony for Strings is remarkable for its contrapuntal mastery and irresistible rhythmic élan. Judith (1949) was based on the ancient Hebrew tale of the Jewish widow who saved her people by seducing and beheading the despotic general Holofernes. The syncopated score conveys the anxiety and determination of Judith’s heroism.

Schuman, William

  Symphony No. 3
1.   I. Passacaglia and Fugue 00:12:23
2.   II. Chorale and Toccata 00:15:05
  Symphony No. 5, "Symphony for Strings"
3.   I. Molto agitato ed energico 00:04:24
4.   II. Larghissimo 00:08:25
5.   III. Presto 00:05:05
6.   Judith 00:22:22

Total Playing Time: 01:07:44

Schuman, William

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Ballet; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559317

Barcode: 0636943931721

Boxset: 8.505228

Physical Release: 12/2006

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