- Symphony No. 1, Op. 20
- Symphony No. 2, Op. 35
- Symphony No. 3 ("Three Mysteries"), Op. 48
Creston: Symphonies Nos. 1-3by Theodore Kuchar
This installment in the Naxos American Classics series, devoted to the first three symphonies of Paul Creston, is one of the most invaluable yet. Like Walter Piston(e), Norman Dello Joio, and other American composers of Italian descent, Creston (born Giuseppe Guttoveggio) was blessed with a natural lyric gift coupled with the sense of boundless energy that characterizes the best American music of the period. Although the First Symphony of 1940 is a work bursting with fresh ideas, memorable tunes, and abundant promise, the Second -- which the composer called "an apotheosis of the two foundations of music, song and dance" -- and Third -- a deeply felt meditation on the life of Christ -- are among the most inspired and inspiring symphonies ever written by an American. If the performances by the National Symphony of the Ukraine led by the young American Theodore Kuchar are not quite as polished as those from Gerard Schwarz's Delos series, then their sheer enthusiasm -- to say nothing of Naxos' absurdly reasonable asking price -- should silence all but the most finicky critics.
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- Naxos American
Performance CreditsTheodore Kuchar Primary Artist
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This recording is a perfect introduction to the work of Paul Creston. Kuchar shows himself to be a sympathetic and persuasive advocate for this music. All three of these works are wonderful. Creston's achievement is all the more remarkable because he had no real musical education. He learned everything by studying the works of other composers, composition treatises, etc. This CD is a perfect introduction that self-made man, Paul Creston.