Hovhaness - Symphony No.60, Guitar Concerto, etc | Naxos - American Classics 8559294

Hovhaness - Symphony No.60, Guitar Concerto, etc

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559294

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th November 2006

Contents

Artists

David Leisner (guitar)
Lars Ranch (trumpet)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

Works

Hovhaness, Alan

Guitar Concerto, op.325
Khrimian Kairig, op.49
Symphony no.60, op.396 'To the Appalachian Mountains'

Artists

David Leisner (guitar)
Lars Ranch (trumpet)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

About

Of Armenian and Scottish extraction, the American composer Alan Hovhaness was a trend-setting pioneer who absorbed a variety of archaic and modern influences from East and West. He once said: “My purpose is to create music, not for snobs, but for all people – music which is beautiful and healing.”
 
Described by the composer’s wife as his ‘true masterpiece’, Khrimian Hairig, with its trumpet solo, recalls the heroic Armenian priest of the title. Hovhaness’ virtuoso and romantic Guitar Concerto was written for the Bolivian guitarist Juan Calderon. The Symphony No. 60 ‘To the Appalachian Mountains’, expresses the composer’s love of the music and folk poetry of the Appalachians.
 
This disc includes two world premičre recordings: the Guitar Concerto Op. 325 and the Symphony No. 60 Op 396.

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