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British Enigmas & Mysterious Mountain / Schwarz


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 2110562  
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarBenjamin BrittenAlan HovhanessSir Eugene Goossens
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world’s greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with multiple cameras in and around the orchestra, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. The first work on this release is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The score is dedicated to “my friends pictured within,” and each Variation represents a real person. As he was finishing the work, Elgar wrote: “The enigma I will not explain- it’s ‘dark saying’ must be left Read more unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture.” A musical mystery of great beauty and endless fascination. The next piece is Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The perennial family favorite showcases- one by one- all the instruments of the orchestra. Next is Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, opus 132 “Mysterious Mountain.” The composer wrote: “Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man’s attempt to know God. Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual world.” Finally is Eugene Goossens’ Jubilee Variations. This is a world premiere video recording of this unpublished 1944 work created by Eugene Goossens with contributions from ten composer friends, including Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, William Schumann, and more. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
2.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
3.
Symphony no 2, Op. 132 "Mysterious Mountain" by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
4.
Variations on a Theme by Sir Eugene Goossens
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Orchestra

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