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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 4 - Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 / Elegy / Dies natalis I (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

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release date: January 2012


Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Schwarz, Gerard

Gerard Schwarz



Seattle Opera House, USA

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 69:45
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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 4 - Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 / Elegy / Dies natalis I (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

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Symphony No. 4, Op. 34, "The Requiem"

1 I. Kyrie: Andante inquieto 9:36
2 II. Requiescat: Largo 5:43
3 III. Dies irae: Presto 2:38
4 IV. Lux aeterna: Largo pastorale 7:48

Symphony No. 5, Op. 43, "Sinfonia sacra"


Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitsky


Dies natalis I

7 Introduction and Chorale: Maestoso 4:05
8 Variation 1: Poco piu mosso 1:30
9 Variation 2: Allegro 0:42
10 Variation 3: Pesante 1:28
11 Variation 4: Andante calmo, nel modo Gregoriano 1:03
12 Variation 5: Allegro feroce 0:52
13 Variation 6: Larghetto semplice 1:37
14 Variation 7: Allegro tempestuoso 0:21
15 Finale: Poco a poco ritardando al tempo giusto 4:29
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
 Schwarz, Gerard

Hanson’s symphonic cycle reached a profound spiritual crux at the time of the Fourth Symphony, which was written, in effect, as a Requiem for his father. It journeys from turbulence to the simplicity of resolution, in a way both characteristic and also deeply moving. The Fifth Symphony also evokes religious imagery in a tautly structured, richly atmospheric canvas. The Lutheran element surfaces too in Dies Natalis, whilst Hanson’s admiration for Serge Koussevitzky is marked by the Elegy he wrote for the conductor.

"...I can honestly say that the journey through Hanson’s symphonies has been for me well worth the time and these performances by the Seattle Symphony under Schwarz are very fine and detailed."

James Norris - - 27 February 2012

                      Recording of the Month

"...This really is heartfelt music, persuasively played...Not only are these fine performance they’re also superbly recorded—well balanced and tonally refined—making them a mandatory purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in American music. Works of strength and subtlety, supremely well played."

Dan Morgan - - 21 May 2012

"...Howard Hanson’s Fourth Symphony is exactly what a serious classical music composition would have been like in a hypothetical Hollywood movie of the 1940s and 50s. The ...other [Dies natalis and Elegy in Memory of Sergey Koussevitzky] works are of greater musical interest. The Elegy for Hanson’s friend and colleague Sergey Koussevitzky remains an exquisitely touching lyric. Throughout the disc, the Seattle Symphony perform as the world-class recording ensemble they became under Schwarz and for Delos.Two decades after Delos first released these recordings, they still shine bright, powerful in the low bass and brass, and sweet in the massed strings."

Laurence Vittes - Gramophone magazine - May 2012

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