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First CD of a Complete Set of Schuman Symphonies on Naxos


WILLIAM SCHUMAN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 9; Orchestra Song,
Circus Overture
Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

On May 17th, Naxos released William Schuman’s 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 Schuman’s symphonies on Naxos with Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony; the next disc is an all-new recording of Symphonies Nos. 7 and 10. Here’s 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, Philadelphia Inquirer

. . . 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


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