Hovhaness: Guitar Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 63 / Fanfare For The New Atlantis

June 24, 2008 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Naxos
  • Total Length: 59:11
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  • ASIN: B001AQYHMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2008
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This is the fourth CD in Naxos's "American Classics" series devoted to the music of Alan Hovhaness (1911 --2000). The earlier CD's feature three Hovhaness wind symphonies, and two orchestral symphonies: Symphony no 60, "To the Appalachian Mountains" and Symphony no. 22, the "City of Light.". In addition, the Naxos disks offer an early cello concerto and Hovhaness' first guitar concerto together with various shorter works.

This most recent Naxos CD includes three world-premier recordings of the "Fanfare for the New Atlantis", op.281, the Concerto no. 2 for Guitar and Strings, op. 394, and the late Symphony no. 63, 'Loon Lake" opus 411, written when Hovhaness was 76. The Royal
Scottish National Orchestra is conducted by Stewart Robinson with Javier Calderon as the guitar soloist in the concerto. Hovhaness's widow Himako Fujihara Hovhaness, who is consulting with Naxos on the ongoing series, wrote the liner notes.

Hovhaness' music remains controversial but has been gaining recognition since the composer's death. The music features long, sinuous, slow and majestic orchestral themes, brass chorales, imaginative orchestration, and substantial use of counterpoint. The immediate accessibility of Hovhaness' music should not, I believe, be confused with shallowness. It has a broad visionary dimension, heavily inluenced by eastern thought. Much of Hovhaness' music draws on themes pertaining to nature, and some of it has a distinctively exotic cast. Some listeners find a certain repetitiveness in Hovhaness' music. I would prefer to call it a recognizable style. Still his work is best approached by listening to him at different times, spaced between other music. The Naxos recordings, issued at fairly lengthy intervals, offer an excellent opportunity to visit and revisit Hovhaness.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jim Shine on June 24, 2008
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These 3 world premiere recordings won't change your mind about the music of Alan Hovhaness, or at least that of his later period. If you already know and love those big chorales, the endless melodies like ragas, the connection with nature, the general feeling of serenity, beauty, and majesty, then you'll want this disc. And if you think his music is repetitive, tedious, overreliant on a limited number of ideas, and far too safe to be interesting, then you'll know what to expect here. Me, I find myself mostly but not entirely in the first camp: I enjoy Hovhaness quite a bit, but at times I'm left wanting more - like I've just eaten a delicious appetiser but then been told that was actually the main course. And this disc doesn't change my mind.

The opening Fanfare for the New Atlantis is a case in point. You probably won't be surprised by the following bald description: it begins with a quiet solo trumpet, then the rest of the brass comes in, then the strings take over, there's a slow build and the brass returns, and there's a big triumphant finish. In other words, it sounds pretty much like you'd expect a Hovhaness piece with this title to sound. The work is utterly obscure - all Hovhaness's widow Hinako Fujihara can say about it in her notes is the date it was completed (1975) and that the composer had an interest in the Atlantis legend. It's a nice piece, though, and deserves further outings.

The second guitar concerto was written in 1985 for Narciso Yepes and is here performed by Javier Calderon, who commissioned the first one. It's an odd beast, in as much as the first, second, and fourth movements are similar in feel and the slow third movement is considerably longer and quite different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on January 21, 2012
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Hovhaness, a prolific American composer of the 20th Century, has created numerous compositions that have been criticized of sounding derivative. This may be the case sometimes, but one can't deny the unbelievable beauty of his works. His "Mysterious Mountain" Symphony is probably his only composition that has become a part of the American repertoire. His hundreds of other pieces are often ignored, and I don't see the real reason why. Maybe it's because of the fairly uneven structures of some, or similar sounding melodies of others. Hovhaness, nonetheless, is a master of poetic music, and these CD's from Naxos contain some of the best examples. This one in particular features a short work, a concerto, and a symphony. Fanfare for the New Atlantis (for trumpet and orchestra), Guitar Concerto No. 2, and "Loon Lake" Symphony are truly outstanding. They prove that Hovhaness was never a second-rate composer.

Stewart Robinson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are in top form in these recordings. Guitarist Javier Calderon gives a wonderful performance in Guitar Concerto No. 2. The trumpet soloist for Fanfare for the New Atlantis (despite the short length of the composition) is unfortunately not even mentioned in the CD booklet (I would like to have known the person's name). Sound quality from Naxos is remarkably clean and magnificent, so don't be discouraged about the low price.

Grade: 9.1 out of 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LPF on November 11, 2012
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Beautiful melody. I particular love the oboe solos and the piccolo. Evokes a lake nestled in mountains. Recommend this recording to anyone who love Hovhaness.
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