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Cohn: Symphonies no 2 & 7 / Jordania, Trevor, Slovak RSO


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559376   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  James Cohn
Conductor:  Vakhtang JordaniaKirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"James Cohn was born in 1928 in Newark, New Jersey. He studied composition with Roy Harris, Wayne Barlow, and Bernard Wagenaar, whose conservative and largely tuneful influences are writ large in his music. The two symphonies demonstrate fine motivic development, resourceful and appealing harmonic structure, long-limbed melodic arcs in their slow movements, and stunning orchestration. It is clear that Cohn revels in the sonic possibilities of the orchestra and exploits them with uncommon mastery and delight, as if his favored medium were a vast musical playground. Variations on “The Wayfaring Stranger” depends as much upon its orchestral colors as it does on its harmonic manipulations for its success. The result is 11.5 minutes of Read more gratifying and often hauntingly moving music.

Cohn is fully at home in large-scale forms. Both symphonies—No. 7 composed in 1967, No. 2 in 1949—show a remarkable uniformity of utterance. This stems not from any lack of technical or emotional development over time, but from the strength of Cohn’s musical profile. One cannot mistake a Cohn work for that of anyone else. In sum, both works continue the mid-20th-century efflorescence of the American symphony, and do so with distinction. The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, variously under Vakhtang Jordania and Kirk Trevor, provides incisive, vibrant, and beautifully balanced performances."

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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7, Op. 45 by James Cohn
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2. Symphony no 2, Op. 13 by James Cohn
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
3. Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger," Op. 34 by James Cohn
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Waltz in D Major, Op. 29a by James Cohn
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7, Op. 45: I. Allegro giusto
Symphony No. 7, Op. 45: II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 7, Op. 45: III. Allegretto energico
Symphony No. 7, Op. 45: IV. Molto presto e precipitato
Symphony No. 2, Op. 13: I. Allegro risoluto
Symphony No. 2, Op. 13: II. Presto
Symphony No. 2, Op. 13: III. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 2, Op. 13: IV. Allegro marcato
Variations on The Wayfaring Stranger, Op. 34
Waltz in D major, Op. 29a (arr. for orchestra)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Cohn symphony #2 and #7. July 28, 2012 By Jack Nelson (San Diego, CA) See All My Reviews "These are very weak symphonies, in spite of a lot of crashing and banging. There seems to be little sense of continuity or direction.
Over-all, very disappointing. The Cohn symphony #2 and #7 seem to lack in melodic content as well.
Jack Nelson"
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