Howard Hanson: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6; Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Just when you think you're about to be profoundly moved, Howard Hanson will resolve to some all-too-expected tonic and sing some all-too-swelling melody set to some all-too-heart-rending harmonies cloaked in some all-too-voluptuous orchestration. And then what happens? You feel cheap and cheated, as if, once again, you've been had by Hanson's all-too-facile Romanticism. Although Hanson isn't at his worst -- some would say his most characteristic -- in his "Symphony No. 3" -- after all, there is his "Symphony No. 2" -- he's still pretty bad. The clichéd gestures, the banal melodies, the gaudy orchestration, the gimmicky structures: they're all there and if the result is ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Just when you think you're about to be profoundly moved, Howard Hanson will resolve to some all-too-expected tonic and sing some all-too-swelling melody set to some all-too-heart-rending harmonies cloaked in some all-too-voluptuous orchestration. And then what happens? You feel cheap and cheated, as if, once again, you've been had by Hanson's all-too-facile Romanticism. Although Hanson isn't at his worst -- some would say his most characteristic -- in his "Symphony No. 3" -- after all, there is his "Symphony No. 2" -- he's still pretty bad. The clichéd gestures, the banal melodies, the gaudy orchestration, the gimmicky structures: they're all there and if the result is like a lesser -- a much, much lesser -- Sibelius at his most bathetic and pathetic, well, this is Hanson. At least in this 1990 recording by Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, Hanson's "Third" is played with as much conviction and compassion as it is possible to imagine. As much as one could be convinced by the work's pompous trivialities, one is convinced here. And thankfully, Hanson's "Third" is coupled with his far more convincing "Symphony No. 6," a relatively tight and taut work played with just as much fervor by Schwarz and the Seattle. And if the result is still not great Sibelius, it is at least good imitation Sibelius. Delos' digital sound is nearly as good as the best stereo recordings.
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  • Release Date: 12/11/1992
  • Label: Delos Records
  • UPC: 013491309224
  • Catalog Number: 3092

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Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3, Op 33 - Howard Hanson & Howard Hanson (36:06)
    Composed byHoward Hanson
    Conducted byGerard Schwarz
    Performed byGerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Andante lamentando-agitato
    2. 2Andante tranquillo
    3. 3Tempo scherzando
    4. 4Largamente e pesante
  2. 5 Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth for piano & orchestra, Op 40 - Howard Hanson & Howard Hanson (11:50)
    Composed byHoward Hanson
    Conducted byGerard Schwarz
    Performed byNew York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz
  3. 6–11 Symphony No. 6 - Howard Hanson & Howard Hanson (20:36)
    Composed byHoward Hanson
    Conducted byGerard Schwarz
    Performed byGerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
    1. 6Andante
    2. 7Allegro scherzando
    3. 8Adagio
    4. 9Allegro assai
    5. 10Adagio
    6. 11Allegro
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Gerard Schwarz Primary Artist
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