Diamond: Symphony No. 8, Suite From The Ballet TOM, This Sacred Ground

Diamond: Symphony No. 8, Suite From The Ballet TOM, This Sacred Ground

by Seattle Symphony Orchestra
     
 
You know you're in trouble with an American work from 1961 when the composer begins his notes for the premiere with the sentence "The basic row is proclaimed in the very opening bars of the introduction." With serialism as dead as Communism -- think of Elliott Carter as American music's equivalent of Fidel Castro -- the whole idea of a

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You know you're in trouble with an American work from 1961 when the composer begins his notes for the premiere with the sentence "The basic row is proclaimed in the very opening bars of the introduction." With serialism as dead as Communism -- think of Elliott Carter as American music's equivalent of Fidel Castro -- the whole idea of a basic row being proclaimed in the very opening bars of the introduction is absolutely anathema if not positively poisonous. Even if the composer is David Diamond and the work is his "Symphony No. 8," you're still in trouble. While the composer who wrote a brilliant "First," an expressive "Second," and a profoundly moving "Symphony No. 3" in the '40s could still write brilliant, expressive, and moving music for his "Eighth," there is too much of the esoteric and the recondite. Of course, this is Diamond, so even at its most esoteric and recondite, he's still a brilliant, expressive, and moving composer, but he's replaced his lyricism with linearity and his modality with deliberate dissonance. But at least with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony's 1994 recording of Diamond's "Symphony No. 8" along with his Suite from the ballet "Tom" and his secular cantata "This Sacred Ground," whatever doubts one might have about basic rows being proclaimed are completely alleviated by the dedication, enthusiasm, and excitement of the performances. Schwarz and the Seattle clearly believe in the greatness of Diamond's music and their performance has the conviction of the newly converted. Delos' digital sound is as warm and as vivid as the all but the best stereo recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/1994
Label:
Delos Records
UPC:
0013491314129
catalogNumber:
3141

Tracks

  1. Suite from the ballet TOM, for orchestra  - David Diamond  - Steven Dudeck  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Northwest Boychoir  - Erich Parce  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Chorale  -  Seattle Girls' Choir  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Richard Sparks
  2. This Sacred Ground, for choir, soloists & orchestra  - David Diamond  - Steven Dudeck  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Northwest Boychoir  - Erich Parce  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Chorale  -  Seattle Girls' Choir  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Richard Sparks
  3. Symphony No. 8  - David Diamond  - Steven Dudeck  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Northwest Boychoir  - Erich Parce  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Chorale  -  Seattle Girls' Choir  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  - Richard Sparks

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