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Music Of Alan Hovhaness

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2000 TELARC CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Andante Cantabile/Maestoso Rubato/Tempo I
  2. II. Canon: Allegro
  3. III. Andante Maestoso/Fuga: Allegro/Andante Grazioso
  4. IV. Moderato/Allegro Conspirito
  5. V. Andante Appassionato
  6. I. Largo, Maestoso E Grave
  7. II. Andante Espressivo
  8. III. Allegretto
  9. IV. Dawn In Paradise: Adagio Rubato
  10. V. Adagio
  11. 'Upon Enchanted Ground'
  12. I. Allegro
  13. II. Lento Misterioso
  14. III. Allegro
  15. I. Largo
  16. II. Allegro
  17. III. Adagio, Like A Solemm Dance
  18. IV. Allegro
  19. V. Grave
  20. VI. Allegretto
  21. VII. Andante Molto Espressivo


Product Details

  • Composer: Alan Hovhaness
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004S8A8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alan Hovhaness (who incidentially passed away just a few weeks ago as of this writing) is somewhat obscure, but I believe that he will someday be recognized as one of the twentieth century's greatest composers. Forsaking the atonalism that dominated his era, Hovhaness drew his inspiriation from an eclectic mix of ethnic influences, and from the world of nature.
While hardly "typical" of his work, this album of harp-based music displays the Hovhaness stamp in terms of organization, structure, etc. (his style, once identified, is instantly recognizable). It's the instrumentation that makes this unique. Yolanda Kondonassis is marvelous performer who obviously holds a great deal of affection for this music.
One would expect harp music to be quiet, etherial and evocative; this recording does not disappoint. It creates a mood of quiet and mystery, suggesting images of misty forests and far-off shores, but with a depth that lifts it beyond mere new-age noodling and into the classical tradition.
At first listen, this album appears to be "background music", the kind you'd expect to hear playing in a shop of some sort. But upon closer inspection, Hovhaness' unique style and gift for counterpoint is revealed, and the music is seen for what it is: The work of a masterful composer.
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This Cd is of the great music of

the wonderful composer Alan Hovhaness.

No matter what your favorite style is,

this music you will fine it to be divine,

spiritual.The sonata for the unusual

combination of harp and guitar,"The

Spirit of Trees" was composed in 1983

and is here recorded for the first time.

Unique about this Cd is that money from

sales will help protect the enviroment

worldwide...Unique music, wonderful performances

great price, peak quality sound, and a

noble cause....
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By A Customer on July 29, 2001
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An outstanding and important collection of Hovhaness' music. Performed flawlessly on harp, the music is emotionally powerful. The orchestra is wonderful, making this "modern" music both lush and beautiful. This music shines out above all the ugly music of the late 20th century; Hovhaness is one of the best composers we had.
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By Robert L on January 11, 2008
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I was mostly unfamiliar with the music of this composer, but this has to be one of the most beautiful albums of harp music that I have ever heard. It is restful and healing, and a wonderful antidote to the stresses of modern living. Hovhaness' love of nature comes through in almost every peace. It seems almost all of the compositions are influenced by the music of the Far East with pentatonic melodies predominant. My two favorites are the Concerto for Harp and an apparently newly recorded one called "Spirit of Trees." Don't hesitate to buy it.
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I heard this played on a local radio station and immediately ordered it. An interesting, haunting exploration of exotic scales, it is a refreshing piece in a era of classical music that is marked by so much that, to me at least, is superficial, based on gimicks or simply lost.
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Have loved the harp my whole life long, so for me, this is a delight of pure delicacy in listening to Hovhaness. Kondonassis' craft and art manages to guide the listener through the landscape of the inner creative process of the composer. A labor of love.
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The whole package is well executed from recording and performance to album graphics. Hovhaness was prolific enough and little regarded as a recordable composer it's always a pleasure to hear something of his not available elsewhere.

This recording must be 25 years old and it's been one of my favorites for its mysterious sensibilities.
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I perceive the music of Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) to be dark, eerie, mysterious, occasionally foreboding, but above all strangely beautiful! If album cover-art can project how the music within will sound, then the cover for this outstanding album is picture-perfect with its dreary and gloomy fog-laden trees and brush. I enjoy listening to this late at night when all is quiet and still, or on dark and rainy days. Upon initial listening, I didn't like this album one bit! It sounded too creepy and I had trouble getting into it. If I had heard this music as a little boy, it would have scared me to pieces! It surely would have induced nightmares in me. But curiously enough, I was allured somehow and felt a need to give it another listen. After I got past my ridiculous sense of fear that an evil spirit might suddenly appear and have its way with me, I relaxed and really listened to the beauty of Alan Hovhaness. Hovhaness was inspired by many cultures whist composing and experimented heavily, often resulting in harsh criticism and ridicule of those unfamiliar with his radically different styles. With each listen, I gain understanding and appreciation of the musical genius of this marvelous 20th century composer. It is truly a lovely album and Yolanda Kondonassis is to be commended highly for bringing much deserved attention to this wonderful music and composer. Ms. Kondonassis is a brilliant and immensely talented harpist. This album is a great value too, featuring over 70 minutes of excellent music!
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