1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
This is a unique recording in that it contains three of Hovhaness' early symphonies. Alan wrote several symphonies on mountain themes; the expansive nature of these themes are readily heard in these recordings. The recording is excellent and reflects this American composer early in his life (He was to write over 65 symphonies.) I should also remark that several middle-eastern themes reflecting his Armenian background are also captured in these works. I thoroughly enjoyed the music and this recording.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
01-30-14 As Monty Python used to say, And now for something completely different," boy, and how. This CD contains three of AH's wind Symphonies, Numbers 7, 14 and 23. He wrote _____in all, and this trio is amongst his best efforts. Strange but interesting music, the Symphonyu #7 reuns for only 14:10 and opens with a solo from side drums and timpani. It is marked "con ferocita" and fierce it is, as the drums fade waywe get some brass work trombones growling and snarling as in Berlioz. Quite impressive, even though odd. By 02:50 the winds join in with the brass and percussion. A sharp, clear trumpet steps forward at 03:05 followed by another and a touch of Spanish style, almost reminding me of the pop tune "The Lonely Bull." No kidding!This is corse, dissonant music but, it really is rather interesting. The 2nd movvement March in "isorhythmic form" means______________________ and it runs only for a brief 3:40. Some wild and intricate wind word with punctuations from the upper brass and the momentum buildsto whzt I tyhink will be an abrupt endingBoom, I was right!
The final section is a "sunset" with a plaintive English Horn and sopme gentle wind support. Ever since I firsat heard, as a solo instrument, the English Horn, in "Tristan und Isolde," as in the sheaphard song, I have enjoyed this beautiful and evocative instrument. It should be used more I did not care for the fact that this "Symphony" ended as abruptly sa it did.
The second of this trio of Wind Symphonies is the #14, "Ararat," from Old Testament fame. The three movements are simply titled I, II, and III. Nothing else. Very odd, indeed