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Mennin: Moby Dick, Symphonies 3 & 7 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Mennin / Seattle Sym / Schwarz
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559718   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Mennin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Mennin was a leading member of the school of American symphonic composers who came of age in the 1930s and 1940s, a group that includes David Diamond, William Schuman and others. Cast in a traditional design of three movements in a fast-slow-fast pattern, Symphony No 3 is a work of great contrapuntal energy, percussive accents and propulsive rhythms. The composer described the passionate slow movement as “an extended song…making use of sustained voice-weaving.” Symphony No 7 develops in a single movement of remarkable contrasts and intensity. An exception to Mennin’s “pure” compositional approach, the concertato Moby Dick depicts “the emotional impact of the novel as a whole.” This recording has been acclaimed as “a fine tribute to an Read more inexplicably neglected figure of the century’s American music scene”. - Chicago Tribune

"...along with Symphony No. 7 of Peter Mennin...may be the greatest of all American Traditionalist symphonies." - Walter Simmons, Voices in the Wilderness, page 377, (describing both the Symphony No. 1 of Nicolas Flagello and the Symphony No. 7 of Peter Mennin.)
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Works on This Recording

1. Concertato for Orchestra "Moby Dick" by Peter Mennin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Venue:  Center Opera House, Seattle 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 3 by Peter Mennin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Venue:  Center Opera House, Seattle 
Length: 20 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 7 "Variation Symphony" by Peter Mennin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Venue:  Center Opera House, Seattle 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concertato, "Moby Dick"
Symphony No. 3: I. Allegro robusto
Symphony No. 3: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 3: III. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 7, "Variation-Symphony"

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