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Spirit Murmur

Alan Hovhaness , Long Zhou , Lou Harrison , Shanghai Quartet Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Lou Harrison, Shanghai Quartet
  • Composer: Alan Hovhaness, Long Zhou
  • Audio CD (August 2, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos Records
  • ASIN: B0000006ZJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of childhood and trees May 23, 2002
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The American composer, Alan Hovhaness, died in 2000, aged 89. Like many Americans, Hovhaness felt an emotional attachment to two countries - the USA, where he was born (in Massachusetts) and Armenia, the land of his father. This led to a love of Armenian music and then to explorations much further east, including India and China, with all these elements helping to form his mature style. His concern was with beauty and his best works have a `visionary' feel which evoke a feeling in the listener of something beyond. Despite writing over 60 symphonies, he is not really a symphonic composer: he rarely resorts to development or tonality in an architectural sense. His love of fugues highlights his admiration of Bach. The music is totally accessible and anyone wary of modern music need have no fears.
This delightful disc contains three complete string quartets (1,3 and 4), the Suite from String Quartet No 2 and a set of Bagatelles. Finally, there is `Song of the Ch'in' by the Chinese composer, Zhou Long. Hovhaness's huge output can be seen from quartets 3 and 4 being grouped together under Op.208 (Nos 1 & 2).
The Bagatelles are all very short, charming pieces in different styles. The 1st quartet begins with a short prelude consisting of a quirky melody and is followed by a strict fugue with four subjects. It may suggest an dry academic exercise but is finely written. Next is a beautiful elegiac slow movement. The quartet ends with yet another fugue which initially bears a striking resemblance to the one in the famous Mysterious Mountain symphony (No.2).
The Suite from his quartet no.3 consists of three movements from the longer work which had at least seven. Why he thought it necessary to extract a suite lasting less than five minutes long is not explained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting chamber works October 7, 2005
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The music on this disc is good consistently. I found the textures in the more varied Bagatelles more stimulating than the more repititious quartets but it is all good and doesn't sound like just another quartet. The elements of Eastern music add quite a bit of interest. The recording quality is excellent. In writing this it was difficult to add much to the extensive comments of Mr. Bullock but I hope that another voice asserting the quality of this music will encourage the reader to go off the beaten path and give this stuff a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Murmur December 24, 2012
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Has a number of traditions within it but it has this overall American spirit in it. Hovhaness makes his music accessible. I have four other recordings and plan to buy as much as I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Hovhaness fan. July 2, 2014
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You've got to love Hovhaness, or this will not meet your expectations.
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