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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crystal Records
  • ASIN: B000003J7D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Macedonian Mountain Dance, Op. 144a
2. Mountain Dance No. 2, Op. 144b
3. Blue Job Mountain Son, Op. 340: Andante
4. Blue Job Mountain Son, Op. 340: Fant
5. Blue Job Mountain Son, Op. 340: Jhala To Blue Job Mountain
6. Mystic Flute, Op. 22
7. Dance Ghazal, Op. 37a
8. Love Song Vanishing Into Sounds Of Crickets, Op. 327
9. Son Ananda, Op. 303: Andante
10. Son Ananda, Op. 303: Vision Of Volcano Mountain
11. Son Ananda, Op. 303: Allegro Assai
12. Son Ananda, Op. 303: Vision Of A Starry Night
13. Fant, Op. 16

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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Alan Hovhaness (1911 -- 2000) was a prolic American composer best-known for composing nearly 70 symphonies. His music manages to be exotic, modernistic and readily accessible. Although perhaps not highly regarded by critics during his lifetime, Hovhaness' music has grown in stature since his death. I am familiar with some of Hovhaness' orchestral works but had never heard his music for solo piano. I wanted to get to know it, both to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hovhaness' birth as well as to see whether I could learn to play any of the music myself. Released in 1993 on the Crystal label, this recording by Seattle-based pianist Wayne Johnson offers a good cross-section of Hovhaness' piano music. Hovhaness said of Johnson: "I think he understands everything in my music, both techniques and spiritual domains. His interpretations are most close to mine." Johnson also wrote the informative liner notes for the CD.

Hovhaness composed extended works for the piano as well as short pieces with the latter tending to be more effective. With its use of modal scales, exotic harmonies, and Eastern and Armenian influences, the music bears the composer's stamp. Much of it is highly effective and intruiging piano writing in which Hovhaness frequently uses the piano to imitate Eastern instruments and styles.

The shorter works in Johnson's program include the Macedonian Mountain Dance and the Mountain Dance No. 2 both of which show an Armenian influence. They are also highly lively with the opening dance beginning with a boogie-woogie like theme in the left hand. The strongly rhythmic piece moves from the lower register to clustered chords in the upper register. It is a clangorous work which deserves to be heard.
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I am a huge fan of the music of Alan Hovhaness (think of Vauighan Williams's Tallis Fantasia with some oriental touches added and a predilection for multiple fugues), but the piano solo music is certainly not the place to start if you are exploring this composer. The lean, almost naked textures of many of these pieces can sound a tad banal. So, for Hovhaness completists (like myself) only! The performances are okay, but not better than okay.
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By E. Kowalski on February 4, 2015
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Great performance of these pieces.
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