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Hanson: Organ & Harp Concerto, Nymphs & Satyr


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 129   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Howard Hanson
Performer:  David CraigheadEileen MaloneBrian PrestonTheodore Sipes
Conductor:  David FetlerRobert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Chamber OrchestraMeliora String QuartetRoberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances were previously available on the Bay Cities label.

Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was a distinguished American composer, educator and preeminent advocate of American music. He belonged to that select group of American composers born in the last decade of the nineteenth century - Walter Piston, Roger Sessions, Randall Thompson, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland - who personified the emergence of American classical music as a distinctly national, as opposed to European, cultural force to be taken seriously. He was the leading practitioner of American musical Romanticism, much in the tradition of Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen in Scandinavia. Hanson dedicated his professional life to the
Read more encouragement, creation and preservation of beauty in music, believing it to be an art form possessing unique power to ennoble both performer and listener, and, by extension, mankind. Throughout his career, Hanson never departed from his cherished ideals of beauty, clarity and simplicity of utterance and his conviction that musicians and audiences would respond openly to each other on this basis. He abhorred ugliness in music, dismissed as worthless intellectual abstraction for its own sake, and fought what he perceived to be the growing alienation between composer and audience. A lifetime of composition reflects this conviction, as did his lengthy tenure as a teacher and administrator.

REVIEW:

"...the individual work matters most, and the disc presents several of great beauty from many periods of Hanson's career....The choral music is pure joy....I first heard Hanson's Psalm 8 in the 60s sung by, believe it or not, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir...This is a major Hanson work, too seldom heard, one that managed to linger in my musical memory for 30 years."(Steve Schwartz Review)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ and Harp, Op. 22 no 3 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  David Craighead (Organ), Eileen Malone (Harp)
Conductor:  David Fetler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941 
2.
Nymphs and Satyr by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  David Fetler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
3.
Concerto da Camera for Piano and String Quartet in C minor, Op. 7 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Brian Preston (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Meliora String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
4.
Yuletide Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 19 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Brian Preston (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
5.
How Excellent Thy Name, Op. 41 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Theodore Sipes (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
6.
Psalm 150 "Praise Ye the Lord" by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Theodore Sipes (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
7.
Psalm 121 "I will lift up mine eyes" by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
8.
Prayer of the Middle Ages by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Robert Shewan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto for Organ and Harp
Nymphs and Satyr: II. Scherzo

Sound Samples

Concerto for Organ, Harp and Strings, Op. 22, No. 3
Nymph and Satyr: I. Prelude and Fantasy
Nymph and Satyr: II. Scherzo
Nymph and Satyr: III. Epilogue
Concerto da camera, Op. 7
2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19: No. 1. Impromptu
2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19: No. 2. Carillon
4 Pieces for Chorus: No. 1. A Prayer of the Middle Ages
4 Pieces for Chorus: No. 2. Psalm 8, "How Excellent Thy Name"
4 Pieces for Chorus: No. 3. Psalm 121, "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes"
4 Pieces for Chorus: No. 4. Psalm 150, "Praise Ye the Lord"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Enchanting! June 6, 2013 By S. Phillips (Minneapolis, MN) See All My Reviews "Knew this one sounded too good to pass up, even if it hadn't been a bargain! Familiar only with Symphony #2, I was further rewarded when the CD arrived. The variety of forms and Hanson's gorgeous harmonies make this a real winner." Report Abuse
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