Diamond: Symphony No. 8; Suite from the Ballet TOM, This Sacred Ground

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
A reissue of recordings made in the early '90s for Delos, this Naxos album adds to David Diamond's representation in the acclaimed American Classics series, and reaffirms his status after years of unjust and incomprehensible neglect. Diamond's concert suite from the ballet "TOM," based on Uncle Tom's Cabin, and "This Sacred Ground," a setting of "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," are pure Americana. In these celebratory works, Diamond's open-hearted music is readily accessible, enjoyable, and moving. No preparation is needed to appreciate Diamond's diatonic harmonies, straightforward melodies, and lean counterpoint. The "Symphony No. 8," however, is a tougher piece to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
A reissue of recordings made in the early '90s for Delos, this Naxos album adds to David Diamond's representation in the acclaimed American Classics series, and reaffirms his status after years of unjust and incomprehensible neglect. Diamond's concert suite from the ballet "TOM," based on Uncle Tom's Cabin, and "This Sacred Ground," a setting of "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," are pure Americana. In these celebratory works, Diamond's open-hearted music is readily accessible, enjoyable, and moving. No preparation is needed to appreciate Diamond's diatonic harmonies, straightforward melodies, and lean counterpoint. The "Symphony No. 8," however, is a tougher piece to grasp since its language is partly derived from serial methods, and its rhetoric is not immediately apparent. Yet this symphony is far from unintelligible, for Diamond's overriding sense of melody gives the work a flowing quality, and his firm orchestration gives the music shape and clarity. While this piece is not overtly nationalistic, it is nonetheless a seriously argued essay in the robust American tradition, and no more difficult than Copland's or Schuman's works in a similar vein. The Seattle Symphony, directed by Gerard Schwarz, is fully committed in all three works, as might be expected from such stalwart champions of Diamond's music. Remastered in 2004, the recording is vivid and clear.
Gramophone - David Gutman
Diamond's music is refreshingly free from gimmickry and razzmatazz. And these are seemingly exemplary performances by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under their long-standing chief. So why hesitate?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943915622
  • Catalog Number: 8559156
  • Sales rank: 152,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–12 Suite from the ballet TOM, for orchestra - David Diamond & Gerard Schwarz (23:07)
  2. 2 This Sacred Ground, for choir, soloists & orchestra - David Diamond & Northwest Boychoir (15:32)
  3. 14–15 Symphony No. 8 - David Diamond & Gerard Schwarz (30:06)
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