Hovhaness: Khaldis, Mt. Katahdin, Fantasy / Hovhaness, Et Al

Release Date: 6/15/1993
Catalog Number: 814
Composer: Alan Hovhaness
Conductor: Lawrence Sobol
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Armenian-American Alan Hovhaness is one of the most prolific composers of the late 20th century. Many of his works evoke the culture of his ancestral homeland and other points to the east of the European classical "center," some reflecting his systematic study of Indian and Japanese classical traditions as well. It might be said of his compositions that he is a mystic who has fixed his gaze on the mountains and continuously describes them. The most striking feature of the Fantasy, an early piano work, or 'Khaldis' for piano and four trumpets, is that the performer hammers the strings in a starkly percussive manner, as if the piano were a kithara or a dulcimer, with little variation in dynamic intensity throughout. This approach is somewhat tempered in the later work 'Mount Katahdin,' which is dominated by a long, slowly unfolding chorale, but the incantatory single-mindedness of the music is the same.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano, 4 Trumpets and Percussion, Op. 91 "Khaldis" by Alan Hovhaness
Performer: Dan Cahn (Trumpet), Neal Boyar (Percussion), Patrick Dougherty (Trumpet), William Rohdin (Trumpet), Francis Bonny (Trumpet), Martin Berkofsky (Piano)
Conductor: Lawrence Sobol
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
2. Sonata for Piano, Op. 405 "Mt. Katadin" by Alan Hovhaness
Performer: Martin Berkofsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
3. Fantasy for Piano, Op. 16 by Alan Hovhaness
Performer: Alan Hovhaness (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; USA
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