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Ross Harris: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / Pierard, Letonja, Auckland Philharmonia

Harris / Auckland Philharmonia Orch / Pierard
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572574   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ross Harris
Performer:  Madeleine Pierard
Conductor:  Marko Letonja
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described as “often beautiful and sometimes frightening” (NZ Listener), Ross Harris’s Symphony No 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent O’Sullivan’s deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score. Symphony No 3 is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, and develops and transforms klezmer-like tunes as its basic material. These symphonies were composed for the Auckland Philharmonia, and both won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. Described as “often beautiful and sometimes frightening” (NZ Listener), Ross Harris’s Symphony No 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent O’Sullivan’s deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score. Symphony No 3 is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, and develops and transforms klezmer-like tunes as its basic material. These symphonies were composed for the Auckland Philharmonia, and both won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 by Ross Harris
Performer:  Madeleine Pierard (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marko Letonja
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2006 
2.
Symphony no 3 by Ross Harris
Conductor:  Marko Letonja
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2008 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2: I. quarter note = 116
Symphony No. 2: II. quarter note = 52
Symphony No. 2: III. dotted quarter note = 112
Symphony No. 2: IV. quarter note = 50
Symphony No. 3: quarter note = 52 -
Symphony No. 3: [26]: quarter note = 104 -
Symphony No. 3: [52]: eighth note = 69 -
Symphony No. 3: [65]: quarter note = 72

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