WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Piston: Symphony No 3; Yannatos: Concerto, Prisms


Release Date: 08/29/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 400   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Walter PistonJames Yannatos
Performer:  Nicholas EannetNicholas MannDov ScheindlinMarcy Rosen
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe OrchestraMendelssohn String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $19.98
CD:  $16.99
In Stock
MP3: $9.99
What's this?




Notes and Editorial Reviews

James Yannatos is a long-time member of the Harvard Music faculty, and has served as director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra starting in 1964. On this disc, two of his works are sandwiched around one by Harvard's most famous pedagogue, Walter Piston. Piston's Third Symphony is a strong example of his art, which, like New England architecture, claims an American identity through pure and often austere application of classical techniques without reference to folk or popular materials.
Alongside such stern Shaker furniture, Yannatos' more modern music sounds relatively romantic, and in its melodic pungency and shimmering use of divided strings, reminiscent of Sir Michael Tippett. The Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra is a
Read more striking work with a slow movement based on the Lento assai from Beethoven's Op. 135 quartet, while the Third Symphony, with its constantly shifting sound clusters and tonal centers, is an attempt to translate prismatic refraction of light into music. All three works are given vital, idiomatic and very well recorded performances by Yannatos' superb student ensemble. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 by Walter Piston
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
2. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by James Yannatos
Performer:  Nicholas Eannet (Violin), Nicholas Mann (Violin), Dov Scheindlin (Viola),
Marcy Rosen (Cello)
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet,  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
3. Symphony no 3 for String Orchestra "Prisms" by James Yannatos
Conductor:  James Yannatos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 

Sound Samples

Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra: I. Allegro
Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra: II. Adagio con moto
Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 3: I. Andantino
Symphony No. 3: II. Allegro
Symphony No. 3: III. Adagio
Symphony No. 3: IV. Allegro
Prisms, "Symphony No. 3": I. Andante
Prisms, "Symphony No. 3": II. Allegro
Prisms, "Symphony No. 3": III. Aria
Prisms, "Symphony No. 3": IV. Toccata

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook