Notes and Editorial Reviews
Albert Hurwit was the winner of the 2009 American Composer Competition.
The symphony, based on the composer's family history of persecution and immigration, has been recorded by the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (with Klezmer Band) conducted by Michael Lankester.
"Strikingly beautiful...glorious and affecting main theme led by a solo violin soaring ever higher in even more luxuriant waves. The whirling energy [of Movement 4] conveys the anticipation and excitement of arrival in America...Lankester draws committed and sumptuous playing from the Bulgarian orchestra" GRAMOPHONE, SEPTEMBER 2005
"A moving and emotional world premiere...The symphony is written in a very direct style...which makes it all the more affecting and emotional in effect. The performance and sound could not be faulted. Let’s hope some American orchestras put Mr. Hurwit’s affecting symphony on their concert programs; I’m sure it would be well-accepted." AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, SEPTEMBER 2005
"A luminous score...'Remembrance' strikes universal chord...Hurwit shows considerable skill transforming his themes and using them cyclically to unify a large scale work" ATLANTA AUDIO SOCIETY, JUNE 2005