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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1 / The Lament for Beowulf (Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)

    




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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1 / The Lament for Beowulf (Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)

Howard Hanson, a composer of imagination and sweep and a colorist of huge eloquence, is one of the most approachable of all twentieth century symphonists. His guiding spirit was always Sibelius, and in the Symphony No. 1 ‘Nordic’ he used the same key as in the Finnish composer’s own First Symphony. The work is haunting, rapturous and serene, beautifully orchestrated and wholly commanding. The Lament for Beowulf, written for chorus and orchestra, dates from 1925. Its dark, brooding tension reflects its poetic inspiration with indelible force. “This is confident, generous, beautifully made music, richly (and sensitively) scored. Schwarz, and his splendid Seattle orchestra do not short-change us on any of this and they are beautifully, ripely, recorded here.” (Gramophone on the original Delos release)


Hanson, Howard

  Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 21, "Nordic"
1.   I. Andante solenne - Allegro con forza 00:12:45
2.   II. Andante teneramente, con semplicita 00:06:09
3.   III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 00:10:29

Hanson, Howard
Wyatt, Alfred John / Morris, William, lyricist(s)

  The Lament for Beowulf
4.   The Lament for Beowulf 00:19:11

Total Playing Time: 00:48:34






Composer(s):
Hanson, Howard

Lyricist(s):
Morris, William; Wyatt, Alfred John

Conductor(s):
Schwarz, Gerard

Orchestra(s):
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Seattle Symphony Chorale

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Choral - Secular; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559700

Barcode: 636943970027

Physical Release: 09/2011

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