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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 5 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Lumen in Christo (Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Schwarz)

HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 5 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Lumen in Christo (Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Schwarz)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Seattle Symphony Orchestra


Schwarz, Gerard


Gerard Schwarz

Conductor

Seattle Symphony Chorale



Venue:

Seattle Opera House, USA



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 60:19
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HANSON, H.: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 5 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Lumen in Christo (Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Schwarz)

     
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HOWARD HANSON

 

Symphony No. 6

 
1 I. Andante 3:43
     
2 II. Allegro scherzando 4:52
     
3 III. Adagio 4:58
     
4 IV. Allegro assai 2:10
     
5 V. Adagio 2:53
     
6 VI. Allegro 1:57
     
 

BIBLE

 

Lumen in Christo

 
7 I. Largo 10:54
     
 

HOWARD HANSON

8 II. Andante 10:39
     
 

Symphony No. 7, "The Sea"

 
9 I. Lo, the unbounded sea 7:44
     
 

WALT WHITMAN

10 II. The untold want 4:19
     
11 III. Joy, shipmate, joy! 6:10
     
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
 Schwarz, Gerard


Hanson’s last two symphonies offer a fitting conclusion to his compositional career. Commissioned for the 185th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the romantic Sixth is cast in six continuous movements pervaded by a haunting three-note motif. The Seventh sets the poetry of Walt Whitman and reaffirms Hanson’s Sibelian inheritance whilst proudly ending his own symphonic cycle in a blaze of glory. Lumen in Christo, which intriguingly bears the inscription “with variations on themes by Haydn and Handel,” is a choral work for women’s voices that sets sacred texts on the subject of light, ending in ethereal calm. “I found this to be an even more satisfying release than its predecessor, and it is sure to please those who have been enjoying Schwarz’s Hanson survey.” (Fanfare on the original Delos release of Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6)

                   Recording of the Month
"...Works of distinction and delight, winningly played."
 
Dan Morgan - MusicWeb-international.com - 27 July 2012

 


"...This disc is highly enjoyable and for anyone new to Hanson’s works it is a brilliant introduction to a really inspirational composer whose works are gradually achieving the exposure and success they richly deserve.
 
Steve Arloff - Musicweb-international.com - 7 May 2012


"As with the earlier volumes Schwarz brooks no dilution of the music. Nothing is routine or careless. The old passionate munitions and the aggressive air-burst energy is still there in the six-movement Sixth Symphony. Lumen in Christo growls with awe..."

Rob Barnett - MusicWeb International -  March 2012


"These previously available Delos recordings remain as impressive today as they did when first released in the early 90s, with a deep soundstage and wide dynamic range, and make for a memorable milestone in this ongoing Naxos series of American masterworks."

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel - January 2012


"...Adding immeasurably to the musical experience are essays by Steven C. Smith and Jim Svejda which alternate stylistically like characters in a Stoppard play; they both persuasively tell the stories behind the music. A good starting point is the exquisite second section of Lumen in Christo, which shows a staggering virtuosity in handling allusional musical textures and themes..." 

Laurence Vittes - Gramophone magazine - June 2012


"The obvious admiration that Schwarz has for both the man and the music makes all these performances both telling and convincing. The Seattle Symphony give their all while the Seattle Symphony Chorus (Chorale) is wonderfully impressive in the two works in which they feature... This disc is highly enjoyable and for anyone new to Hanson’s works it is a brilliant introduction to a really inspirational composer whose works are gradually achieving the exposure and success they richly deserve."

Steve Arloff - MusicWebInternational.com - May 2012


"...One can understand why Schwarz included Lumen in his recording series. It’s a luminous, radiant piece well worth reviving..."

Lawrence Hansen - American Record Guide -  May 2012


                 ****    Excellent

Carlo Bianchi - Musica magazine - May 2012




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