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HOVHANESS, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1,


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HOVHANESS, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1, "Exile Symphony" and 50, "Mount St. Helen" (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

One of the most intriguing and individual of 20th-century American composers, Alan Hovhaness rejected the cosmopolitan modernism of other leading composers of the 1930s and ’40s. The connection Hovhaness felt with his Armenian heritage is evident in his Exile Symphony, which commemorates the flight forced upon those people by the Ottoman Turks after World War I. Delicacy, charm and vitality in the Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints evoke the composer’s love for Japan, and the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens inspired the Symphony No 50, with its remarkable evocation of the violent power and hauntingly mystic beauty of nature in “startlingly realistic engineering” (Gramophone).

Hovhaness, Alan

  Symphony No. 1, Op. 17, No. 2, "Exile Symphony"
1.   I. Andante espressivo - Allegro 00:07:24
2.   II. Grazioso 00:03:48
3.   III. Finale: Andante - Presto 00:08:33
  Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211
4.   Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211 00:14:20
  Symphony No. 50, Op. 360, "Mount St. Helens"
5.   I. Andante 00:10:14
6.   II. Spirit Lake: Allegro 00:07:25
7.   III. Volcano: Adagio - Allegro 00:13:56

Total Playing Time: 01:05:40

Hovhaness, Alan

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Johnson, Ronald

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559717

Barcode: 636943971727

Physical Release: 07/2012

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