WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for classical.net!

American Classics - Diamond: Symphony No 3, Etc / Schwartz , Starker, Seattle So

Release Date: 04/15/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559155   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David Diamond
Performer:  János Starker
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $12.99
CD:  $11.49
In Stock

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's a mystery why David Diamond has not been generally acclaimed as one of the top handful of American symphonists. His Third Symphony has everything: good tunes, terrific orchestration, tight construction, and a satisfying form. Its beauties are numerous and immediately appealing, from the zesty rhythmic kick of its first and third movements to the lovely writing for harp and piano in the second movement, all grounded in a slow finale of ineffable purity and gentleness. Of course, it's that slow finale that probably seals the symphony's doom in terms of its chances for live performance, but there's no reason we can't enjoy it at home in this excellently played and recorded performance (here getting new lease on life from Naxos after its Read more first appearance on Delos).

The two couplings at first might look to have a certain outward resemblance in that they both enshrine spiritual subjects, but they couldn't sound more different. Psalm (1936) is vintage early Diamond, a slow-fast-slow piece that bespeaks a certain French flavor (Ravel is never far away from Diamond's quiet music). Kaddish (1987), on the other hand, is an elegiac apotheosis of the modes of synagogue chant. It's beautifully played by Janos Starker, and altogether this collection represents a fine tribute to a still underrated major composer.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Psalm by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Kaddish by David Diamond
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987-1988; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 More Diamond Works December 26, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Diamond's symphonies are all highly dynamic, expressive and colorful neo-Romantic works and this Third Symphony is a work of no mean power; a great follow-up to his first two symphonies. While visiting a Paris cemetary in which Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt and others were intered, Diamond was inspired to compose Psalm. It was immediately recognized as a notable work and was taken up by the musical establishment, including Leopold Stokowski and Pierre Monteux. Warning: this piece has some woofer threatning drum strokes. Kaddish is a beautiful piece based on the Hebrew prayer with the inimitable Janos Starker on cello. Diamond comments: ''It is he cello that takes on the role of the Cantor and the orchestra comments on his role.''" Report Abuse
Review This Title