Music of Alan Hovhaness

Music of Alan Hovhaness

by Yolanda Kondonassis
     
 

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As much as I tend to cordially despise any sort of "mood-altering" music, I'll make an exception for this hypnotic collection of works for harp by Alan Hovhaness. The prolific composer -- he wrote 67 symphonies prior to his death in June 2000 -- was also a passionate naturalist, as may be gathered from the ethereal "Spirit of Trees," a

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As much as I tend to cordially despise any sort of "mood-altering" music, I'll make an exception for this hypnotic collection of works for harp by Alan Hovhaness. The prolific composer -- he wrote 67 symphonies prior to his death in June 2000 -- was also a passionate naturalist, as may be gathered from the ethereal "Spirit of Trees," a sonata for harp and guitar here receiving its world premiere recording. The lovely American harpist Yolanda Kondonassis plays with abundant intelligence and refinement, both in the sonata and in its companion pieces: the Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra, the solo Harp Sonata, "Upon Enchanted Ground" -- scored for flute, cello, harp, and giant tam-tam -- and the enchanting "Garden of Adonis," in which Kondonassis is joined by flutist Eugenia Zukerman. Although this is not necessarily (or exclusively) music for tree-huggers, they will no doubt be delighted by the album's insistence that "A portion of the proceeds of this recording will benefit the worldwide effort to conserve the earth's natural rainforests." (No mention is made, alas, of any plans for the "unnatural" ones.)

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408053023
catalogNumber:
80530
Rank:
16782

Tracks

  1. Sonata for harp & guitar ("Spirit of Trees"), Op.374  - Alan Hovhaness  - David Leisner  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Robert Woods
  2. Concerto for harp & string orchestra, Op.267  - Alan Hovhaness  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Rudolf Werthen  -  Robert Woods  -  I Fiamminghi, The Orchestra of Flanders
  3. Upon Enchanted Ground, for flute, cello, giant tam-tam & harp, Op.90/1  - Alan Hovhaness  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Robert Woods  - Herwig Coryn
  4. Sonata for harp solo, Op 127  - Alan Hovhaness  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Robert Woods
  5. The Garden of Adonis, suite for flute & harp, Op.245  - Alan Hovhaness  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Robert Woods  - Eugenia Zukerman

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