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  • Performer: Glorian Duo
  • Orchestra: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Composer: David Diamond
  • Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos Records
  • ASIN: B00000070C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rounds For String Orchestra: I - Allegro molto vivace
2. Rounds For String Orchestra: II - Adagio
3. Rounds For String Orchestra: III - Allegro vigoroso
4. Adagio (Third Movement from Symphony No. 11)
5. Concert Piece For Orchestra
6. Elegy In Memory Of Maurice Ravel
7. Concert Piece For Flute And Harp: I - Allegro vivo
8. Concert Piece For Flute And Harp: II - Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro brioso

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dysfunctional-harmony on July 23, 2011
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David Diamond is somewhat of a forgotten composer. One of the greatest symphonists of his day, his symphonies were often programmed by Leonard Bernstein in his American music concerts. Unfortunately, now his works are far underplayed in favor of more "established" works in programs such as "myclassic Russian" or "myclassic Fifth", as forgotten as Beethoven's great-yet-far-underplayed Eroica Symphony. His piece Rounds on this disc is by far his most popular work, and it is somewhat easy to see why. In the public's eye, it is very hard to go wrong with that classic Americana feel originated by Copland, even if it's somewhat contrived. Also in this vein is the Concert Piece for Orchestra, which sounds less forced and manages to maintain the dance-like spirit of the Rounds well.
The real gems on this disc from my perspective are the Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel and the Adagio from the Eleventh Symphony. Heard in it's rarely-recorded brass band version, the Elegy is a perfect example of decent "modern" music. It really pack a punch that is quite difficult to achieve in the version for strings, but maintains a beauty and inevitable structure that evens it out nicely. Elliott Carter, a composer with similar origins to Diamond in the Americana-esque qualities of his First Symphony and Holiday Overture, praised this work at a festival as being "the most original and daring new piece played...fittingly solemn, tragic and noble...with an impressive, dramatic mood." I'd agree. In a similar style is Elliott Carter's Cello Sonata, another brilliant work that seems to share this work's penchant for long, lyrical, yet quite expressive and often dissonant melodies. The Adagio assai e molto cantabile is one of the most interesting works I've ever heard out of Diamond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 16, 2009
Although the last couple of pieces on this CD are carried over from previous releases, and although it would be nice to have the complete 11th Symphony instead of just the Adagio, this is still a recording definitely worth seeking out for fans of serious American symphonic music. Rounds for String Orchestra is the piece most likely to be familiar, as it has had previous recordings, most notably by Leonard Bernstein (I believe there was also a version on an old Nonesuch LP, with the Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by Lukas Foss, but my memory is a bit hazy), but the other pieces on this CD are all musically interesting and should appeal to a wide variety of tastes. As a bonus for audiophiles, the performances are framed in excellent sound by engineer John Eargle.

Many years ago I recommended Volume I of this series in The $ensible Sound, and I have since enjoyed the succeeding volumes, but for some reason have never seen fit to recommend any of them. If you buy any one of them, you may well wind up with all five.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Bravo! The Seattle Symphony under the direction of Schwarz does an excellent job with this very technically difficult piece. A piece which demands so much concentration and technical ability also demands an excellent orchestra, and this ensamble shines in their performance of this piece. With good precision, dynamics, and rhythm, this recording is a must for any aficionados of David Diamond's music.
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By Karen Amrhein on January 16, 2014
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The "Rounds" are fabulous -- exciting and energetic -- everything else on the disc is just okay, but the CD is well-worth it if you can find an inexpensive used copy, as the "Rounds" are hard to find.
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