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Hovhaness: Holy City Op. 218; Symphony No. 17


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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • ASIN: B000001SI3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49
2. The Holy City, Op. 218
3. Psalm And Fugue, Opus 40a: Andante
4. Psalm And Fugue, Opus 40a: Allegretto
5. Kohar, Op. 66, No. 1: Moderato - Noble And Voice-Like
6. Kohar, Opus 66, No. 1: Allegro - Powerful, Dance-Like, Rhythmic
7. Symphony For Metal Orchestra, Op. 203, Symphony No. 17: Andante
8. Symphony For Metal Orchestra, Op. 203, Symphony No. 17: Largo
9. Symphony For Metal Orchestra, Op. 203, Symphony No. 17: Allegro
10. Symphony For Metal Orchestra, Op. 203, Symphony No. 17: Adagio

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Alan Hovhaness (b. 1911) writes a kind of neo-romanticism. His music often partakes of the mystical and transcendental. This is no more evident than in Khrimaian Hairig for trumpet and string orchestra. Hovhaness's writing for strings is luscious and practically divine, especially in The Holy City (of 1967). Hovhaness is of Armenian extraction, and much of his music is influenced by Eastern European sources (Kohar of 1946) and Asian as in the incredible Symphony for Metal Orchestra (of 1963). No one packs so much color or character into his (or her) music as Alan Hovhaness. Very highly recommended. --Paul Cook

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "monsterfromouterspain" on October 11, 2001
Hovhaness was fusing Western and Eastern music in the 1940s, decades before others followed. This is direct, sincere music which communicates on a spiritual level with no specific religious connotations. Mainly modal, incantatory and serene in mood, it sounds simultaneously archaic and modern. Should appeal to fans of Arvo Part, John Taverner and Kancheli. Scored only for metal instruments, "Symphony No.17" (he wrote 67 in total!) is the stand-out work (of the 6 pieces) ... at once haunting, beautiful, oriental and meditative. 20th century Classical fans will not be disappointed.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leo W. Early, Jr. on August 14, 2003
Long ago, the Ithaca High School Concert Band issued a vinyl LP purporting to be a recording of Alan Hovhaness's Symphony #17 for Metal Instruments. Anyone who buys this CD expecting to get the same music will be disappointed. The music on this disc, although decent, is clearly not the same work. In fact the numbering of Hovhaness's symphonies appears to have changed. The Mysterious Mountain, which is now #2, was once #4. The original work which I knew as #17, "Symphony for Metal Orchestra", now appears to be #20, "Three Journeys to a Holy Mountain". I wish they would clear up the confusion.
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