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American Classics - Schuman: Symphonies No 4 & 9 / Schwarz


Release Date: 05/17/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559254   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Schuman
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"These two symphonies - the fourth premiered in 1942 in Cleveland, the ninth in 1969 in Philadelphia - are full of arresting moments, both emotionally and in terms of orchestral effects. . . These pieces are layered with dark mysteries that make you want to hear them again and again. Also, the recording quality drawn from Seattle's Benaroya Hall is outstanding." - David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, May 29th, 2005

"...Though separated by decades, the two war symphonies are exceptional -- exemplary showcases of "The American Sound" in symphonic music (i.e. athletic, modal, spacious, dramatic, starkly songful). They are soundscapes full of mass sonority, vigor and seriousness. The
Read more performances and recordings are brand new and superb." - John Simon, Buffalo News, Sunday, May 22nd, 2005


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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 by William Schuman
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
2.
Symphony no 9 "Le fosse ardeatine" by William Schuman
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; New York, USA 
3.
The Orchestra Song by William Schuman
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; New York, USA 
4.
Circus Overture (Side Show) by William Schuman
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; New York, USA 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4: I. Crotchet = 72
Symphony No. 4: II. Tenderly, simply
Symphony No. 4: III. Crotchet = 144
Orchestra Song
Circus Overture
Symphony No. 9, "Le fosse ardeatine": I. Anteludium
Symphony No. 9, "Le fosse ardeatine": II. Offertorium
Symphony No. 9, "Le fosse ardeatine": III. Postludium

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