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American Classics - Hanson: Organ Concerto, Etc / Spalding


Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Howard Hanson
Performer:  Joseph JacksonHolly BlakeDoris Hall-GulatiGabriela Imreh,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Howard Hanson's frankly romantic, occasionally kitschy music may arouse extremes of enthusiasm and distaste among listeners (I happen to like him), but there's no doubt that he was one of the few modern composers who had an instantly recognizable harmonic and melodic style. You can hear it at work in all of these pieces--and some of them, particularly the Serenade for flute, harp, and strings, and the Pastorale for oboe, harp, and strings, are extremely beautiful indeed. Even the Organ Concerto (with strings and harp) is lyrically affecting rather than noisy or bombastic. The ballet suite Nymphs and Satyr, effortlessly scored for chamber orchestra, is a late work that reveals that although Hanson developed not a jot over the course of his Read more long career, neither did his fund of characteristic melody dry up. Here's the bottom line: these are eminently worthy performances, very well recorded, of genuinely pretty music. If that's your cup of tea, and it's kind of hard to figure that it would not be unless aural pain turns you on, you will certainly enjoy this and I recommend it to you without hesitation.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ and Harp, Op. 22 no 3 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Joseph Jackson (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 
2.
Nymphs and Satyr by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Holly Blake (Bassoon), Doris Hall-Gulati (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 
3.
Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op. 40 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Gabriela Imreh (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 
4.
Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, Op. 35 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Andrew Bolotowsky (Flute), Jacqueline Pollauf (Harp)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 
5.
Summer Seascape no 2 for Viola and Strings by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Adriana Linares (Viola), Andrew Bolotowsky (Flute)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Rochester, New York 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 
6.
Pastorale for Oboe, Harp and Strings, Op. 38 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Jacqueline Pollauf (Harp), Jonathan Blumenfeld (Oboe)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Venue:  First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (03/14/2005 - 03/15/2005) 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Organ, Harp and Strings, Op. 22, No. 3
Nymph and Satyr: I. Prelude - II. Fantasy for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra
Nymph and Satyr: III. Scherzo for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra
Nymph and Satyr: IV. Epilog
Fantasy-Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op. 40: Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth
Serenade, Op. 35
Summer Seascape II
Pastorale, Op. 38: Pastorale

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hanson's Organ Concerto February 27, 2014 By William  Pearsey (Greensburg, IN) See All My Reviews "Always a ardent fan of Mr. Hanson's music, I wasn't disappointed upon hearing this recording. As an organist, I was especially interested in the organ concerto, but found the remaining selections on the cd are also excellent. The recording is technically well done. Thanks for another fine listening cd." Report Abuse
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