William Schuman - Symphony No 3, Symphony No 5 for Strings, Judith - Choreographic Poem for Orchestra | Naxos - American Classics 8559317

William Schuman - Symphony No 3, Symphony No 5 for Strings, Judith - Choreographic Poem for Orchestra

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559317

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th November 2006

Contents

Artists

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

Works

Schuman, William

Judith
Symphony no.3
Symphony no.5 'Symphony for Strings'

Artists

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

About

William Schuman juggled many careers in his full and productive life: teacher, administrator, conductor and composer of ten symphonies as well as a significant representation of music in many genres.
 
His two-movement Symphony No. 3, dating from 1941, derives its organization from Baroque era models. Known as Symphony No. 5, though published without a number, the Symphony for Strings is remarkable for its contrapuntal mastery and irresistible rhythmic élan. Judith (1949) was based on the ancient Hebrew tale of the Jewish widow who saved her people by seducing and beheading the despotic general Holofernes. The syncopated score conveys the anxiety and determination of Judith’s heroism.
 
This disc is the third release in a series devoted to Schuman’s complete symphonies.

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