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Schuman: Symphony No. 6 / Prayer in Time of War / New England Triptych

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'Whatever meaning my life has is tobe found in the music itself', declared William Schuman of his extraordinary career as a composer and artistic catalyst in the fertile and evolving environment of 20th-century America. His single-movement Symphony No. 6 stands as one of his most intense and integrated, its somberness enlivened with intricate rhythms and startling
counterpoint. Prayer in a Time of War
and New England Triptych highlight
Schuman's abiding sense of patriotism, the former written soon afterAmerica's entry into World War II, the latter based on hymns from the time of the American Revolution.

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William Schuman, Symphony No. 6, Prayer in Time of War and New England Triptych performed by Seattle Symphony and conductor Gerard Schwarz (Naxos). It's fascinating, to put it mildly, that once upon a time, William Schuman was considered almost a composing apostle of Roy Harris, a specimen 20th century "outsider artist" before such things had a name. While Harris remained what he always was (and, except for this third and sixth symphonies, is seldom played now), Schuman's full engagement with his era's musical establishment (he headed Juilliard at one point) has meant that a lot of his work has been recorded and stays available. These performances from Schwarz and the Seattle Orchestra's Schuman cycle date from as much as 18 years apart --a solid, if sober reading of his sixth symphony in one movement from 2008 and an equally dutiful 1990 performance of Schuman's most accessible work, the "New England Triptych," based on William Billings' themes (it was, remember, commissioned by Andre Kostalanetz). "Prayer in Time of War" was recorded in 2005 but was Schuman's personal but oddly unremarkable response to being rejected for military service in 1941. -- The Buffalo News, Jeff Simon, December 6, 2009
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Composer: William Schuman
  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B002QEXBUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2010
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The year 2010 is the centennial of the birth of the American composer William Schuman (1910 -- 1992). In celebration of the occasion, Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra have completed their cycle of Schuman's eight published symphonies (he declined to publish the first two) on the budget-priced Naxos label. This CD, the fourth of the series, includes Schuman's sixth symphony, while the final CD of the set includes Schuman's eighth.

Schuman had a full public life, serving as the president of the Juilliard School of Music and of the Lincoln Center; but his heart remained with composition. His music tends to be dissonant and brassy with a distinctly American and patriotic character, similar to Charles Ives. Aaron Copland made the following perceptive comment on Schuman's work.

"In Schuman's pieces you have the feeling that only an American could have written them. You hear it in his orchestration which is full of snap and brilliance. You hear it in the kind of American optimism which is at the basis of his music."

Schuman's Sixth Symphony dates from 1948 and was first performed the following year by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati. Not well received at its premier, the sixth is a granitic, difficult work in a single movement that takes about 28 minutes to play. The work is full of shifts of tempo. The outer two sections, marked Largo and Larghissimo, frame four sections marked Moderato con moto, Leggieramente, Adagio, and Allegro-risoluto-Presto. The work maintains a unity for all the diversity of tempo and musical material. It is of a dense texture with a great deal of contrapuntal writing. Large-scale brass chorales and fanfares and percussion are featured, as is the case with much of Schuman.
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It was surely just a matter of time before Schwarz and the Seattle SO got around to Schuman's masterly 6th Symphony, and it was well worth the wait. The old Ormandy recording had a wildness that will probably remain unsurpassed, but the present issue has its own very real merits, not least excellent modern sound that really allows the details of Schuman's intensely individual orchestration to register as never before. The Seattle SO's playing is first class, if anything a shade more precise than Ormandy's Philadelphians in a few places. Schwarz's conception of the score is a more methodical, "slow burn" affair, but it's clear that the conductor has formed a real and valid conception of this dark, complex score. Overall, it is palpably superior in all aspects to the rather tentative Koch recording by Hugh Keelan and the New Zealand SO which has been around for a few years. I'd suggest that fans of this score should acquire this release alongside the Ormandy in order to get the best of all possible worlds. The New England Triptych gets a bold, coruscating performance here, as good as the best, and Schwarz does what he can with the oddly impersonal Prayer in a Time of War. But the 6th Symphony is what makes this CD a mandatory purchase.
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In my opinion the following symphonies rank as the most outstanding works of their kind (by far) from the 20th Century: the Sibelius 4th, 5th and 6th; the Shostakovich 4th; the Webern Symphony; Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements; and the William Schuman 6th. There are many other great 20th Century symphonies one could name, but for me these stand out. I'm sure others would come up with completely different lists, but for anyone familiar with, and comfortable with, the most challenging music of the 20th Century, the Schuman 6th ought to rank very high indeed, as it is far and away his most ambitious, intense, imaginative and compositionally rich effort. Which is why I've been so puzzled and so frustrated for so many years at the lack of an up-to-date recording of this work. To my knowledge, the only previous recording of the Schuman 6th was the one by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia, so long ago as to have been recorded in mono!

Don't get me wrong. The Ormandy recording ranks in my mind among the greatest ever made. Every time I hear it I am simply blown away by the staggering virtuosity of this performance, on the part of both the conductor and the instrumentalists. The 6th has got to be one of the most challenging symphonies ever written, not only for the listener but especially the performers, who must negotiate all sorts of obstacles, from abrupt tempo and meter changes to long passages where bucketsfull of notes must be played with great accuracy at blinding speed. And Ormandy spares his musicians nothing, taking some passages at tempi bordering on anywhere from reckless to insane! The Philadelphia comes through brilliantly. I can't hear a single wrong or tentative note in the entire peformance and I've heard it many times.
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It is very nice to hear this great piece in stereo and close to matching the Philadelphia orchestra.
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This tragic symphony is a revelation!
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