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Hanson: The Composer and His Orchestra: Merry Mount Suite / Mosaics / For the First Time / Piano Concerto

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The Composer and His Orchestra, Howard Hanson, Mercury Living Presence

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Merry Mount Suite: 1. Overture
  2. Merry Mount Suite: 2. Children's Dance
  3. Merry Mount Suite: 3. Love Duet
  4. Merry Mount Suite: 4. Prelude To Act II And Maypole Dances
  5. Mosaics
  6. For The First Time: 1. Bells
  7. For The First Time: 2. Tamara And Peter Bolshoi
  8. For The First Time: 3. Deserted House
  9. For The First Time: 4. Eccentric Clock
  10. For The First Time: 5. Deep Forest
  11. For The First Time: 6. Clowns
  12. For The First Time: 7. Dance
  13. For The First Time: 8. Serious Conversations
  14. For The First Time: 9. Kikimora
  15. For The First Time: 10. Mist
  16. For The First Time: 11. Fireworks
  17. For The First Time: 12. Dreams
  18. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 36: 1. Lento molto And molto tranquillo
  19. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 36: 2. Allegro molto ritmico
  20. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 36: 3. Andante molto espressivo
  21. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 36: 4. Allegro giocoso

Disc: 2

  1. Merry Mount Suite
  2. Merry Mount Suite
  3. Merry Mount Suite
  4. Merry Mount Suite
  5. Merry Mount Suite
  6. Merry Mount Suite
  7. Mosaics
  8. Mosaics
  9. Mosaics
  10. Mosaics
  11. Mosaics
  12. Mosaics
  13. For The First Time
  14. For The First Time
  15. For The First Time
  16. For The First Time
  17. For The First Time
  18. For The First Time
  19. For The First Time
  20. For The First Time
  21. For The First Time
  22. For The First Time
  23. For The First Time
  24. For The First Time
  25. For The First Time


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Eastman-Rochester Orchestra
  • Conductor: Howard Hanson
  • Composer: Howard Hanson
  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000057N4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MERCURY sound. At it's best, at it's fullest.

A super recording. Orchestral music like you've never heard before . . . in your home. Right, the better the stereo equipment the more you are likely to hear tons of details out of the microscopic hills and valleys of this glorious cd. However, a more modest hi-fi system will make it as well, at least to reveal the essential of the music. It all comes from the legendary "Golden Age" LP era. The album, issued by Mercury/Philips (a package of two discs), has GLORIOUS sound--as much as good as the vinyl LP. To be underlined, a very nice job at remastering those LEGENDARY archives, thanks to Wilma Cozart and the Mercury team. For orchestral music that one is a good reference cd (the sound is almost lifelike). Howard Hanson's music is delightful ; he's got a solid reputation as a composer and is a skillful conductor. One of my best picks in American music. The 'Merry Mount' is a wonderful work.*****
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This 2-CD set provides a unique opportunity to hear the late American composer, Howard Hanson, talk about how he approached the orchestration of symphonic works. On disk 1, several of Hanson's works are performed (conducted by the composer), including the Merry Mount Suite, Mosaics, For the First Time and Concerto for Piano. On the second disk, Hanson de-constructs The Children's Dance from Merry Mount, explaining his intent as a composer and orchestrator, with each set of instruments highlighted by including them one at a time as their colors are blended from the composer's palette. This is an invaluable aid to aspiring composers, and also to any student of music who wants to understand orchestration in a step beyond Peter and the Wolf, and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
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Everything Jean's review from 2002 is spot on, in fact,it beat Harry Pearsons sparkling review of it in The Absolute Sound mag. by 3 years. Worth buying, if just to show how good a cd can really sound.Super!
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