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Hovhaness: Symphony 15 [Original recording remastered]

Louisville Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Performer: Louisville Orchestra
  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000056OED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Concerto 7, for orchestra, Op. 116: Allegretto
2. Concerto 7, for orchestra, Op. 116: Allegro (Jhala-Scherzo)
3. Concerto 7, for orchestra, Op. 116: Double Fugue
4. Symphony No.15 ('Silver Pilgrimage'), Op. 199: Mount Ravana
5. Symphony No.15 ('Silver Pilgrimage'), Op. 199: Mount Princess
6. Symphony No.15 ('Silver Pilgrimage'), Op. 199: River of Meditation
7. Symphony No.15 ('Silver Pilgrimage'), Op. 199: Heroic Gates of Peace
8. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Celestial Fanfare
9. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Magnificat
10. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Et Exsultavit
11. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Quia Respexit
12. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Omnes Generationes
13. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Quia Fecit Mihi Magna
14. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Et Misericordia
15. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Fecit Potentiam
16. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Esurientes Implevit Bonis
17. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Suscepit Israel
18. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Sicut Locutus Est
19. Magnificat for SATB soloists, SATB chorus & orchestra, Op. 157: Gloria Patri

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Halvah! February 9, 2006
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I realize that Hovhaness was of Armenian descent but a lot of his music has a Middle-Eastern flavor, like halvah. Whenever I eat halvah and when I used to drink a strong Lebanese liquor, called Arak, I am often transported to that region.

Though all of the works on this CD are worth listening to, I was particularly impressed with Symphony No. 15, Op. 199, subtitled,"Silver Pilgrimage". The movments of this relatively short symphony are: I. Mount Ravana II. Marava Princess III. River of Meditation IV. Heroic Gates of Peace. The Magnificat is also VERY special. Hovhaness' music never fails to transport me to other more exotic worlds and higher dimensions.

For me, Hovhaness' music is often like choice halvha sweetened with wild honey!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting music in generally good performances April 15, 2010
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In terms of repertoire this is one of the more interesting Hovhaness releases I have encountered. While the music is unmistakably Hovhaness, it is less plush and dreamy than many of his work, grittier and less "Western" in sound. The Concerto no.7 for orchestra was written in 1953, is cast in three movements including a double fugue but apart from that bears little resemblance to his Mysterious Mountain symphony from approximately the same time (presumably his most famous single work). It is a feral work of grinding power and sparkling colors. The second movement also employs a range of unusual percussion instruments and the agitated double fugue is relatively taxing on the listener (not a criticism) with its relentless fervor. This must rank as one of the most impressive Hovhaness works I have heard and it is fortunate that it is so well played as it is here, full of color, exoticism and urgency.

The fifteenth symphony, `Silver Pilgrimage' employs elements from Japanesse Gagaku and Indian classical music. The first movement, Mount Ravana is eerie and mysterious with spiteful, irate brass at times punctuating the oppressive atmosphere. The second movement is graceful and light, but with a sense of urgency and panic barely suppressed beneath the quicksilvery surface. The third movement, `River of Meditation' starts out relective and becalmed, evocative of prayer with the repeated flute figures, but soon the river quickens its pace. The final movement `The Heroic Gates of Peace' depicts the triumphal culmination of wisdom and spirit with serenity and power - it is peaceful in virtue of its atmosphere, not its tempos, however, for it strides onwards rather briskly.
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In the LP era I stayed aloof from the music of Alan Hovhaness, other than "Mysterious Mountain", which I had only because of Reiner's recording with Stravinsky's "Fairy's Kiss" (and that didn't really prompt me to try and listen to more). I had the impression that a man who had composed so many symphonies and orchestral pieces, with such mystic titles, usually conducted by himself and published on esoteric labels which I suspected were composer-funded, and who seemed a maverick loner anyway among contemporary music schools of all sorts, couldn't possibly have written good music. I am happy then that my ongoing survey of the Louisville Orchestra's recorded legacy has given me a chance to get better acquainted with his music. I can't say I find it essential, but, at its best (the two orchestral pieces), individual evidently and pleasurable certainly.

Concerto #7 for Orchestra was recorded as early as 1954 and came out on one of the first LPs released by the orchestra's famed label, First Edition Records 545-4, as part of a first subscription of twelve. It was paired then with Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Overture for "Much Ado about Nothing" and Surinach's Sinfonietta (the latter now on an all-Surinach disc, xx). Magnificat was recorded in 1961 and released on LOU-614 with Chou Wen-Chung's "All In The Spring Wind". The same recording has also been reissued on CD by Crystal, paired with the composer's "Saturn" - a non-Louisville recording (Hovhaness: Magnificat, Op.157/Saturn, Op.243). Finally Symphony # 15 "Silver Pilgrimage", recorded in 1965, came on LS 662 with Lennox Berkeley's Four Ronsard Sonnets for tenor and Orchestra. All were premiere recordings.
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