American Classics - Hanson: Organ Concerto, Etc / Spalding

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Howard Hanson's frankly romantic, occasionally kitschy music may arouse extremes of enthusiasm and distaste among listeners (I happen to like him), but there's no doubt that he was one of the few modern composers who had an instantly recognizable harmonic and melodic style. You can hear it at work in all of these pieces--and some of them, particularly the Serenade for flute, harp, and strings, and the Pastorale for oboe, harp, and strings, are extremely beautiful indeed. Even the Organ Concerto (with strings and harp) is lyrically affecting rather than noisy or bombastic. The ballet suite Nymphs and Satyr, effortlessly scored for chamber orchestra, is a late work that reveals that although Hanson developed not a jot over the course of his long career, neither did his fund of characteristic melody dry up. Here's the bottom line: these are eminently worthy performances, very well recorded, of genuinely pretty music. If that's your cup of tea, and it's kind of hard to figure that it would not be unless aural pain turns you on, you will certainly enjoy this and I recommend it to you without hesitation.--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8559251


  • UPC: 636943925126


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Howard Hanson


  • Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra


  • Performer: Adriana Linares, Andrew Bolotowsky, Doris Hall-Gulati, Gabriela Imreh, Holly Blake, Jacqueline Pollauf, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Joseph Jackson



Works:


  1. Concerto for Organ and Harp, Op. 22 no 3

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Joseph Jackson (Organ)

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  2. Nymphs and Satyr

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Holly Blake (Bassoon), Doris Hall-Gulati (Clarinet)

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  3. Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op. 40

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Gabriela Imreh (Piano)

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  4. Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, Op. 35

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Andrew Bolotowsky (Flute), Jacqueline Pollauf (Harp )

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  5. Summer Seascape no 2 for Viola and Strings

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Andrew Bolotowsky (Flute), Adriana Linares (Viola)

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding


  6. Pastorale for Oboe, Harp and Strings, Op. 38

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Jonathan Blumenfeld (Oboe), Jacqueline Pollauf (Harp )

    Conductor: Daniel Spalding