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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. 

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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

1.
Symphony no 3 by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
2.
Psalm by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
3.
Kaddish by David Diamond
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987-1988; USA 

Sound Samples

Psalm
Kaddish for Cello and Orchestra
Symphony No. 3: Allegro deciso
Symphony No. 3: Andante
Symphony No. 3: Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 3: Adagio assai

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