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Ward: First Symphony, Bath County Rhapsody, Etc / Balter, Robinson, Hawkins, Bagg, Et Al


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1063   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Ward
Performer:  Jonathan BaggJane HawkinsJoseph Robinson
Conductor:  Alan Balter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber EnsembleCiompi String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the last of a great generation of American composers

Highlighting this recording is Robert Ward’s First Symphony, written in 1942 when he was a graduate student in composition and conducting at Juilliard. This was his first work to bring him national attention with a critic noting that "...he has the gift for the lyric line…strong melodic expression is supported by an active and resourceful imagination for contrapuntal design, by a great talent for rhythmic variety...The sum of these excellencies is greatness."

Ward later commented: "In the years after the war I have written many works for diverse media and under other influences. Looking back I hope these efforts might still merit
Read more the high praise that critic Glenn Dillard Gunn [Chicago Tribune] gave my First Symphony."
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Works on This Recording

1. Raleigh Divertimento by Robert Ward
Conductor:  Alan Balter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1986).
Composition revised: USA (Circa 2004). 
2. Arioso and Tarantelle for Cello and Piano by Robert Ward
Performer:  Jonathan Bagg (Viola), Jane Hawkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
3. Symphony no 1 by Robert Ward
Conductor:  Alan Balter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York City, NY, U 
Notes: Composition written: New York City, NY, USA (1941 - 1942). 
4. Bath County Rhapsody by Robert Ward
Performer:  Jane Hawkins (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ciompi String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
5. Quintet for Oboe and Strings by Robert Ward
Performer:  Joseph Robinson (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ciompi String Quartet
Written: 2005; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Quintet for Oboe and Strings

Sound Samples

Oboe Quintet: II. Slow, dreamlike
Oboe Quintet: III. Allegro giocoso
Oboe Quintet: IV. Slow, expressive - Moderato
Raleigh Divertimento for Nonet: I. Allegro
Raleigh Divertimento for Nonet: II. Molto adagio - Piu mosso
Bath County Rhapsody
Arioso and Tarantelle: I. Andante
Arioso and Tarantelle: II. Presto
Symphony No. 1: I. Allegro pesante
Symphony No. 1: II. Andante
Symphony No. 1: III. Allegro

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