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Hymnus / Little Concert / Shahnama

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hymnus for mixed choir and orchestra: Hymn at Dawn
  2. Hymnus for mixed choir and orchestra: Evening Hymn
  3. Little Concert for solo oboe, two horns, and string: Lento e calmo - Recitando: tranquillo
  4. Little Concert for solo oboe, two horns, and string: Allegro vivace
  5. Little Concert for solo oboe, two horns, and string: Vivace assai
  6. Shahnama for small orchestra: Title. Recitando: poco sostenuto
  7. Shahnama for small orchestra: Rustram and the seven champions hunt in Turan. Con moto e molto vigoroso
  8. Shahnama for small orchestra: Majnun prostrate himself at his Mother's feet. Poco larghetto
  9. Shahnama for small orchestra: The Women of Egypt, overcome by the beauty of Yusuf, cutting their fingers as they peel oranges. Poco espansivo, ma con moto
  10. Shahnama for small orchestra: Rustrum and Kay Kaus watching the King of Mazendarian turning hin=mself into a boulder. Molto deliberato - Agitato
  11. Shahnama for small orchestra: Graveyard discussion. Grave; ben misurato e ritiato
  12. Shahnama for small orchestra: Intermezzo - the returned traveller discovers maidens at play in his garden. Poco maestoso - Scherzando e grazioso
  13. Shahnama for small orchestra: Battle between Kay Khusraw and Afrasiyab. Agitato ma pesante
  14. Shahnama for small orchestra: A palace at night. Lento e fluttante

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • Run Time: 78.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000038I8H
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Friends of mine in London knew that I had never heard the music of one of England's most revered living composers: Nicholas Maw. They sent me this CD and it is magnificent. There are 3 totally different pieces of music here, written between 1987 and 1996, almost as if they were written by 3 different men. The "Hymnus" is arguably the most beautiful. It consists of two hymns (one for dawn, one for evening) performed hauntingly by the Oxford Bach Choir & the BBC Concert Orchestra. Maw paints pictures with his music and much of it is in the British pastoral style, esp. the "Little Concert" written for solo oboe, 2 horns and strings. The "lonely" sound of the oboe immediately reminded me of the music of Gerald Finzi and even of the paintings of Edward Hopper. If you think that a contemporary composer can only write atonal music, give Maw a listen. His work is completely melodic, mysterious, lovely. The sound on this new disc is perfect, as are all the performances.
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