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Piston: Symphonies 5, 7 & 8 / Whitney, Mester, Louisville


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Walter Piston
Conductor:  Robert WhitneyJorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Walter Piston composed his Fifth Symphony in 1954, at the age of 60, to a formula found in the two later symphonies as well: a relatively expansive first movement, a grave, meditative slow movement and a brief, lightweight finale, more an antidote to the solemnity of what has gone before than a barnstorming apotheosis. The style is more conservative, more neo-romantic than neo-classical, surprisingly so for a Boulanger pupil...The music's main strength—the result, perhaps, of those cogitations that made Piston such a successful textbook writer—is in the confidence and inevitability of its structures.
The Fifth Symphony is the best of the three, principally because its opening movement has reflective material that attains a powerful
Read more visionary quality. The slow movement displays Piston's ability to construct a substantial design embracing strong, well-prepared climaxes. ... The first movements of Nos. 7 and 8 are less successful than that of No. 5...but Piston's sense of shape keeps the music in motion, and the breezy finales—they seem like disarming acts of self-criticism for the sobriety of the earlier movements—provide attractively unpretentious conclusions.
The fairly elderly recordings are undistinguished, but the performances have a convincing balance of weight and energy."
Arnold Whittall, THE GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Robert Whitney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 7 by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1974 
Venue:  Chapel, Southern Baptist Th. Seminary 
Length: 20 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 8 by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/15/1975 
Venue:  Macauley Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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