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American Classics - Diamond: Symphony No 1, Etc / Schwarz


Release Date: 06/17/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559157   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David Diamond
Performer:  Ikka Talvi
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's so comforting to know that these excellent performances will have a new lease on life courtesy of Naxos. David Diamond's First Symphony (1841) is a compact, three-movement work lasting 22 minutes that stands with the best American products of the period. Characteristically springy rhythms in the outer movements make the music quite refreshing and emphasize the touching lyricism of the central Andante maestoso. The Violin Concerto No. 2 was receiving only its second performances ever when this recording was made. The talented Finnish violinst Ilkka Talvi proves an able exponent of this grandly conceived and marvelously scored work (listen to the imaginative violin/xylophone writing at the opening of the finale). It's a major statement Read more by any definition and it surely deserves to return to the repertoire. The Enourmous Room, a fantasia for orchestra after the book by e.e. cummings, drives home Diamond's fundamentally Romantic outlook and caps a wholly winning disc that is as well played as it is well recorded. If you missed this the first time around, here's your chance to make up the loss.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 by David Diamond
Performer:  Ikka Talvi (Violin)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
3.
The Enormous Room by David Diamond
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 An American Gem December 24, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Diamond was a neo-Romantic at a time when serialism in modern music was running amok. His compositions are very expressive, colorful, and dynamic. ''The first symphony is undoubtedly an auspicious beginning to his impressive symphonic portfolio.''(Penguin Guide) His Violin Concerto No. 2 did not overly impress me although I was impresssed by his Fantasia. These recordings were previously released by Delos. They have been remastered by Albert G. Swanson, Seattle Symphony Recording Engineer and the audio is of demonstration quality. The First Symphony has a wide sound stage with realistic depth. These are compositions, performances and recordings that deserve to be heard!" Report Abuse
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