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American Classics - Thomson: Symphony On A Hymn Tune, Etc


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559022   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

"The current offering by James Sedares and the New Zealand Symphony is the best [Thomson recording] yet, with a big, clear sound and some virtuoso work from several sections, for example, the brass. As a bonus, the New Zealanders include Pilgrims and Pioneers, here recorded for the first time. (Thomson wrote this in 1964 for John Houseman's Journey to America, a one-reel film that was shown four times an hour in the U.S. Pavilion at the New York World's Fair.) Finally, this recording's fine liner notes by Marina and Victor Ledin include Thomson's own program notes from the first performances of these works." - American Music (Michael Meackna) Fall 2000


"Sedares's generally
Read more fine performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra shows why the Symphony on a Hymn Tune has enjoyed the most popularity of Thomson's works...the Allegretto's rhythms are pointed incisively and with great flair, and Seares builds the finale quite successfully with ardor and warmth, the bizarre repeated hammer chords of the coda aptly unsettling.

"It's a grand idea to offer all three of Virgil Thomson's symphonies on one disc - at budget price no less-so obvious one wonders why no one has done it before...the playing of the New Zealand symphony is most impressive throughout, and the recorded sound is first-class. This disc neatly plugs a gap in the Thomson discography. Highly recommended."

Lawrence A. Johnson,FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony on a Hymn Tune by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
2.
Symphony no 3 by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
3.
Journey to America: Pilgrims and Pioneers by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
4.
Symphony no 2 by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931/1941; France 

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