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Music of Hovhaness

Yolanda Kondonassis , Alan Hovhaness Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Alan Hovhaness
  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004S8A8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Andante Cantabile/Maestoso Rubato/Tempo I
2. II. Canon: Allegro
3. III. Andante Maestoso/Fuga: Allegro/Andante Grazioso
4. IV. Moderato/Allegro Conspirito
5. V. Andante Appassionato
6. I. Largo, Maestoso E Grave
7. II. Andante Espressivo
8. III. Allegretto
9. IV. Dawn In Paradise: Adagio Rubato
10. V. Adagio
11. 'Upon Enchanted Ground'
12. I. Allegro
13. II. Lento Misterioso
14. III. Allegro
15. I. Largo
16. II. Allegro
17. III. Adagio, Like A Solemm Dance
18. IV. Allegro
19. V. Grave
20. VI. Allegretto
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful, Meditative Music July 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Alan Hovhaness (who incidentially passed away just a few weeks ago as of this writing) is somewhat obscure, but I believe that he will someday be recognized as one of the twentieth century's greatest composers. Forsaking the atonalism that dominated his era, Hovhaness drew his inspiriation from an eclectic mix of ethnic influences, and from the world of nature.
While hardly "typical" of his work, this album of harp-based music displays the Hovhaness stamp in terms of organization, structure, etc. (his style, once identified, is instantly recognizable). It's the instrumentation that makes this unique. Yolanda Kondonassis is marvelous performer who obviously holds a great deal of affection for this music.
One would expect harp music to be quiet, etherial and evocative; this recording does not disappoint. It creates a mood of quiet and mystery, suggesting images of misty forests and far-off shores, but with a depth that lifts it beyond mere new-age noodling and into the classical tradition.
At first listen, this album appears to be "background music", the kind you'd expect to hear playing in a shop of some sort. But upon closer inspection, Hovhaness' unique style and gift for counterpoint is revealed, and the music is seen for what it is: The work of a masterful composer.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal music, and a divine harp January 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Cd is of the great music of

the wonderful composer Alan Hovhaness.

No matter what your favorite style is,

this music you will fine it to be divine,

spiritual.The sonata for the unusual

combination of harp and guitar,"The

Spirit of Trees" was composed in 1983

and is here recorded for the first time.

Unique about this Cd is that money from

sales will help protect the enviroment

worldwide...Unique music, wonderful performances

great price, peak quality sound, and a

noble cause....
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! July 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An outstanding and important collection of Hovhaness' music. Performed flawlessly on harp, the music is emotionally powerful. The orchestra is wonderful, making this "modern" music both lush and beautiful. This music shines out above all the ugly music of the late 20th century; Hovhaness is one of the best composers we had.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful January 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was mostly unfamiliar with the music of this composer, but this has to be one of the most beautiful albums of harp music that I have ever heard. It is restful and healing, and a wonderful antidote to the stresses of modern living. Hovhaness' love of nature comes through in almost every peace. It seems almost all of the compositions are influenced by the music of the Far East with pentatonic melodies predominant. My two favorites are the Concerto for Harp and an apparently newly recorded one called "Spirit of Trees." Don't hesitate to buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Music May 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hovhaness is a new discovery for me, and one that has opened up new vistas in music -- however his unique compositions may be defined. I first noticed his name in a catalog of a retrospective exhibit of the paintings of Boston expressionist artist Hyman Bloom. Being a fan of Bloom's, I decided to check out the music of his composer friend (who passed away several years ago)-- and did not regret it! As this wonderful CD eloquently shows, Hovhaness was a spiritually-inspired and innovative composer whose eclectic vision encompassed a range of unusual combinations of instruments guided by his resolute exploration of the inner world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andante Appassionato - A Priceless Eternity!! August 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ah......the sheer beauty and profundity of piece #5 "Andante Appassionato" is beyond words. Music like this relaxes your soul, mind and spirit. This is what music SHOULD be, but usually isn't!
The first 5 tracks on this CD are wonderful. The remainder I've never really gotten into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the mind of Hovhaness. October 31, 2013
By Deer
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Have loved the harp my whole life long, so for me, this is a delight of pure delicacy in listening to Hovhaness. Kondonassis' craft and art manages to guide the listener through the landscape of the inner creative process of the composer. A labor of love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully strange and beautiful! April 24, 2010
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I perceive the music of Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) to be dark, eerie, mysterious, occasionally foreboding, but above all strangely beautiful! If album cover-art can project how the music within will sound, then the cover for this outstanding album is picture-perfect with its dreary and gloomy fog-laden trees and brush. I enjoy listening to this late at night when all is quiet and still, or on dark and rainy days. Upon initial listening, I didn't like this album one bit! It sounded too creepy and I had trouble getting into it. If I had heard this music as a little boy, it would have scared me to pieces! It surely would have induced nightmares in me. But curiously enough, I was allured somehow and felt a need to give it another listen. After I got past my ridiculous sense of fear that an evil spirit might suddenly appear and have its way with me, I relaxed and really listened to the beauty of Alan Hovhaness. Hovhaness was inspired by many cultures whist composing and experimented heavily, often resulting in harsh criticism and ridicule of those unfamiliar with his radically different styles. With each listen, I gain understanding and appreciation of the musical genius of this marvelous 20th century composer. It is truly a lovely album and Yolanda Kondonassis is to be commended highly for bringing much deserved attention to this wonderful music and composer. Ms. Kondonassis is a brilliant and immensely talented harpist. This album is a great value too, featuring over 70 minutes of excellent music!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music.
Published 15 hours ago by bayou ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 21 days ago by SJK
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh so disappointing.
This is very disappointing . I listened to it while driving and it nearly put me to sleep. Maybe useful for a yoga session or a reiki session but definitely not my favorite... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SaintRoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Hovhaness music for harp and harp enesmbles
This is an absolutely wonderful collection of Hovhaness's music for harp (including pieces for flute and harp, harp and guitar, and an ensemble of flute, harp, cello and tam-tam). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Hartl
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
This music is gorgeous, ethereal. There is a slight Asian feel to some of the harp melodies---but this is simply splendid listening!!
Published 14 months ago by Outside C
5.0 out of 5 stars Listenable music
I heard this played on a local radio station and immediately ordered it. An interesting, haunting exploration of exotic scales, it is a refreshing piece in a era of classical... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert F. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Other Worldly
My previous acquaintance with Mr. Hovhaness' music was mostly with his 'Mysterious Mountain', a favorite since my teenage years. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Figaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Outsdtanding!
Alan Hovhaness is one of the most amazing composers of the last century. Musical theory aside, he takes us on mystical journey's into nature. A Walt Whitman of music.
Published on March 13, 2012 by George Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Joyous
Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness passed away not long after the release of this recording. His music is typically characterized by ample melody, mild exoticism, and a... Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
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