ACCLAIM FOR SCHUMAN’S SYMPHONIES NOS.
4 and 9 WITH GERARD SCHWARZ AND SEATTLE SYMPHONY
First CD of a Complete Set of Schuman Symphonies on Naxos
WILLIAM SCHUMAN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 9; Orchestra Song,
Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
On May 17th, Naxos released William Schumans Symphonies Nos.
4 and 9, Orchestra Song, and Circus Overture featuring the Seattle
Symphony and Music Director Gerard Schwarz. This new CD is the first
in a complete set of Schumans symphonies on Naxos with Schwarz
and the Seattle Symphony; the next disc is an all-new recording of Symphonies
Nos. 7 and 10. Heres what critics have to say of the first release:
William Schuman was not only a great composer but also a magnificent
educator and arts administrator . . . But his music is his greatest legacy,
as this exciting disc makes clear. . . . it shows him as a master
of orchestration, a constant generator of striking new musical ideas and,
perhaps most important of all, an outgoing romantic whose music is readily
enjoyable by all. Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony do full justice
to all his virtues in a recording that earns the highest possible recommendation.
--Joseph McLellan, Washington Post
**** (four stars)
. . . These pieces are layered with dark mysteries that make you want
to hear them again and again. Also, the recording quality drawn from
Seattle's Benaroya Hall is outstanding. --David Patrick Stearns,
. . . Though separated by decades, the two war symphonies are exceptional
- exemplary showcases of "The American Sound" in symphonic
music (i.e. athletic, modal, spacious, dramatic, starkly songful).
They are soundscapes full of mass sonority, vigor and seriousness.
The performances and recordings are brand new and superb. -- Jeff
Simon, Buffalo News
It's great to see Schwarz commence a new series for the enterprising
label with this first disc of a complete cycle of William Schuman's symphonies
. . . his astute direction draws playing of great dedication and incisiveness,
making this a fine kickoff to what should be a rewarding series.
--Lawrence A. Johnson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel