- Audio CD (December 15, 1998)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Naxos American Classics
- ASIN: B00000GV5Q
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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I don't know why Strong isn't incredibly more popular than he is -- one rarely hears about him these days. He was an American composer, (who lived mostly in Switzerland), who died in 1948 at the ripe old age of 92. He was known for jumping back and forth between creating watercolors and composing works of music, which I suspect are quite representative of his paintings.
Symphony No. 2 was Strong's biggie and what a fine symphony it is, melodic yet modern, and clearly representative of classical music in the 20th Century. While it follows the essential formatting of a symphony, the first two movements are not especially like the latter two; however, the entire work has the feel of a tone poem, very atmospheric. The second piece on this CD "The Theme," is similar in nature although it was written much earlier in Strong's career. It's a bit of a fantasia as well.
The Moscow Symphony Orchestra does a fine job with this one -- nice and tight. And Naxos captured their essence perfectly -- great sound. One gets an impression that the orchestra very much enjoyed playing these pieces.
I bought my copy of this CD from Arkiv Music on a clearance sale and I'm so glad that I did. My highest recommendation for these fine compositions.
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Naxos has devoted three discs to the music of George Templeton Strong (1856-1948) and we should all be grateful for the effort. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by G.D.
The world premiere recording took place in 1967 with Karl Krueger and the Royal Philharmonic (MIA 136), as part of the Music in America series, sponsored by The Society for the... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Midge