Thomson: Symphonies Nos. 1-3, Pilgrims and Pioneers

Thomson: Symphonies Nos. 1-3, Pilgrims and Pioneers

by James Sedares

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2000
Label: Naxos American
UPC: 0636943902226
catalogNumber: 8559022
Rank: 137769

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 2
  2. Symphony No. 3
  3. Pilgrims and Pioneers
  4. Symphony No. 1 "Symphony on a Hymn Tune"

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Thomson: Symphonies Nos. 1-3, Pilgrims and Pioneers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Virgil Thomson is remembered more as a critic than as a composer. He is certainly remembered for his opera "Four Saints in Three Acts", his memorable film scores, and a few other works. I bought this CD only for the Symphony on a Hymn Tune (Symphony No. 1). However, I must say that I really enjoyed all three of the symphonies and the film score suite Pilgrims and Pioneers. The performances are good and at Naxos' price, you can hardly do better than to snap up this CD right away. It is worth owning this CD for the Symphony on a Hymn Tune alone. Virgil Thomson was a great and important figure in American music both as a critic and a composer. His accessible scores betray an impish sense of humour at times, most notably in the perverse Amen cadence that ends his Symphony on a Hymn Tune.