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Mystical Mountains - Hovhaness, Short, Young / Spain, Et Al


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7399   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alan HovhanessMichael YoungGregory Short
Performer:  Andrea Mogil
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What can you say? If you like Hovhaness, then you'll want this disc. Yes, his music sports a certain generic sameness from one work to the next, but like all composers he uses his chosen materials with varying degrees of emphasis and effectiveness, and on this disc he's in good form. Vision from High Rock and Mountain of Prophecy gratifyingly explore higher levels of dissonance than often appears the case with Hovhaness, and the result offers a welcome degree of contrast to the music's fundamentally modal, hymn-like qualities. Symphony No. 15, like the Symphony for Metal Orchestra, displays the influence of Japanese and Korean traditional music, especially in its evocative writing for flute. All three works receive dedicated, lovingly Read more played and conducted performances by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra under Anthony Spain.

I wish I could be more positive about the two shorter works: both display Hovhaness' fundamental approachability but have nothing like his stylistic consistency or sheer force of character. Hovhaness' music may lack variety from one work to the next, but the "kind" of music he wrote was very much his own, and is instantly identifiable as such. Neither Michael Young's Secrets nor Gregory Short's Mount Takhoma offer anything similarly memorable, though they're certainly easy on the ear. I'd like very much to hear more Hovhaness from these forces: we badly need a modern recording of Fra Angelico, and many of the symphonies and concertos for orchestra still await premieres on disc.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Vision from High Rock, Op. 123 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Bastyr University Chapel, Seattle, WA 
Length: 11 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 15, Op. 199 "Silver Pilgrimage" by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Andrea Mogil (Flute)
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Bastyr University Chapel, Seattle, WA 
Length: 25 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Mountain of Prophecy, Op. 195 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Bastyr University Chapel, Seattle, WA 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 1 "Mountain: 2nd movemetn, Secrets by Michael Young
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987-1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Bastyr University Chapel, Seattle, WA 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Mount Takhoma by Gregory Short
Conductor:  Anthony Spain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Bastyr University Chapel, Seattle, WA 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 

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