Rorem: Three Symphonies

Rorem: Three Symphonies

by José Serebrier
     
 

Famously unapologetic for bucking the avant-garde, Ned Rorem was largely ostracized by the new music intelligentsia of the 1950s, and his three symphonies from that decade were unfairly neglected. They remained so, even when neo-Romanticism became fashionable again toward the end of the twentieth century. This 2003 release from Naxos at last gives these remarkable… See more details below

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Famously unapologetic for bucking the avant-garde, Ned Rorem was largely ostracized by the new music intelligentsia of the 1950s, and his three symphonies from that decade were unfairly neglected. They remained so, even when neo-Romanticism became fashionable again toward the end of the twentieth century. This 2003 release from Naxos at last gives these remarkable symphonies the attention and care they deserve. José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta go to extraordinary lengths to convey both the vigor and lyricism of these pieces, and render them with the balance and clarity that are constants in Rorem's work. The "Symphony No. 3" is the most fully realized, and resilient rhythms and cogent structures give this work its backbone. Yet it also has room for lush orchestration and gorgeous melodies, the sine qua non of Rorem's emotionally compelling style. Serenely lyrical, the "Symphony No. 1" is the gentlest of the three, and expansive, song-like lines dominate throughout, even over the flurries of the boisterous Allegro finale. The "Symphony No. 2," angular in its melodies and often pugnaciously percussive, is the most rugged, and its strong character is only briefly softened by the nostalgic Tranquillo movement. The excellent sound of the recording captures all the details of these fresh and exciting performances.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Farach-Colton
Naxos has scored another bull's eye in its American Classics series, giving us long-awaited, première recordings of Ned Rorem's first two symphonies.... Vivid performances by Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony, and first-rate recorded sound make for a thoroughly enjoyable hour of listening.
Detroit Free Press
Though Ned Rorem has long been considered America's finest living composer of art songs, his orchestral scores have never gotten their due. So on the cusp of his 80th birthday, it's a special pleasure to hear this Naxos survey.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943914922
catalogNumber:
8559149
Rank:
221498

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  1. Symphony No.2  - Ned Rorem  - José Serebrier  - Kaz Chiba  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  2. Symphony No.1  - Ned Rorem  - José Serebrier  - Kaz Chiba  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  3. Symphony No. 3  - Ned Rorem  - José Serebrier  - Kaz Chiba  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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