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Hovhaness: Wind Music, Vol. 3 / Central Washington University Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 03/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559837  
Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Taylor EdwardsMaggie WhitemanAdrienne ShieldsClara Mannino
Conductor:  Larry GookinKeith BrionMark Goodenberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program brings together a wide variety of Alan Hovhaness’ works including numerous world premiere recordings. These range from the earliest of his band compositions, the processional ‘Tapor No. 1,’ to more recent chamber pieces such as the gentle barcarole of ‘Vision on a Starry Night.’ ‘The Ruins of Ani’ returns us to the tragic location also explored in Hovhaness’ ‘Symphony No. 23 Ani’, while the ‘Three Improvisations on Folk Tunes’ evoke dances from the Indian subcontinent. Newly discovered works with percussion include the Japanese-influenced overture to Hovhaness’ opera ‘The Burning House’ alongside ‘October Mountain,’ now a classic in its genre.

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REVIEW:

The value of the Naxos
Read more label’s ongoing American Classics series has never been so aptly demonstrated as with the success of this release from the able but hardly well-known Central Washington University Wind Ensemble. A few pieces here have gained exposure: October Mountain is a fixture of percussion ensemble concerts in the U.S., at least, but several are world premieres. This is all to the good, and there’s not a dull moment to be had here. This is both a wide sampling of Hovhaness’ music and a valuable close focus on his music for winds.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tapor no 1 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Larry Gookin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Mountain Under the Sea by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Larry Gookin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
3.
Improvisations (3) on Folk Tunes by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
4.
Vision on a Starry Night by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Taylor Edwards (Xylophone), Maggie Whiteman (Flute), Adrienne Shields (Harp)
5.
October Mountain, Op. 135 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Mark Goodenberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
6.
Hymn to Yerevan, Op. 83 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968 
7.
Meditation on Ardalus by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Clara Mannino (Flute)
8.
The Ruins of Ani "Lament for Ani, City of a Thousand Churches" by Alan Hovhaness
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
9.
Overture to The Burning House by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Maggie Whiteman (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
10.
Suite for Band, Op. 15 by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Larry Gookin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 

Customer Reviews

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 Consistently great October 29, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "There's still a lot of music by Alan Hovhaness yet to be recorded. With over 450 works in his catalog, there's plenty to choose from -- and many opportunities for world premiere recordings. This particular installment of Hovhaness' wind music has four. Hovhaness' style was fairly consistent throughout his career. I can always count on meandering melodies, modal harmonies, complex fugal passages, and gorgeous hymn tunes. Though the works in this release span four decades, all of those elements are there. But to me, they're what makes Hovhaness' music uniquely appealing. The Central Washington Universty Wind Ensemble perform with accuracy and rock-solid precision. Often collegiate wind ensembles have some intonation problems (compared to ensembles of professional musicians). In this case, I heard none. The musicianship of these young performers served Hovhaness' music well. If you only know Hovhaness through his symphonies, this release should be in your library. His use of wind instruments is creative and innovative. A wonderful addition to the Hovhaness discography." Report Abuse
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