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Ewazen: Orchestral Music & Concertos / Polivnick, Et Al


Release Date: 02/26/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 477   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Ewazen
Performer:  Charles NeidichMarya MartinJames HoulikEric Ewazen
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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One of the nice things about this job is the ability to go back and discover enjoyable recordings that you might have missed on first release. Here's one. A friend of mine told me I should hear this disc, and he was right. Eric Ewazen's (b. 1954) affable, stylish music will appeal to anyone who enjoys, say, Walter Piston, David Diamond, or the American neo-classical school in general. The Classical Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra has great verve, and it's spectacularly well written for (and played by) soloist James Houlik. The Flute Concerto and the Chamber Symphony (a concerto grosso for piano and orchestra in all but
Read more name) also abound in sprightly rhythms and distinctive tunes that never sound facile or cheap. For my money, though, the real prize here is the Ballade for Clarinet, Harp, and Strings, as luscious a pastoral interlude as anything from the celebrated English school of Delius or Vaughan Williams (though it sounds like neither). The music's sheer prettiness is really quite striking, and as with all of the music here it's beautifully played and recorded. So I can only second my friend's advice: give Ewazen's music a shot. You won't be sorry. [6/29/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ballade for Clarinet, Harp and Strings by Eric Ewazen
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Venue:  Czech Radio Studio no 1, Prague 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Flute by Eric Ewazen
Performer:  Marya Martin (Flute)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Venue:  Czech Radio Studio no 1, Prague 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Saxophone "Classical" by Eric Ewazen
Performer:  James Houlik (Tenor Saxophone)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Venue:  Czech Radio Studio no 1, Prague 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4. Chamber Symphony by Eric Ewazen
Performer:  Eric Ewazen (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Venue:  Czech Radio Studio no 1, Prague 
Length: 22 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Classical Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra: I. Allegro Energico
Classical Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra: II. Adagio
Classical Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra: III. Lento - Allegro vivace
Ballade for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra
Flute Concerto: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Flute Concerto: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Flute Concerto: III. Adagio
Flute Concerto: IV. Allegro molto
Chamber Symphony: I. Allegro maestoso
Chamber Symphony: II. Andante con moto
Chamber Symphony: III. Allegro ritmico

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