American Mystic

Delos: DE3421

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American Mystic

Label:

Delos

Catalogue No:

DE3421

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Oct 2011

Barcode:

0013491342122

Length:

75 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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American Mystic

Music of Alan Hovhaness: Centennial Collection


Hovhaness:

Prayer of Saint Gregory, Op. 62b

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Op. 308

Four Bagatelles, Op. 30

Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 147

The Flowering Peach, Op. 125

And God Created Great Whales, Op. 229 No. 1


Charles Butler (trumpet), Michael York (narrator) & Diane Schmidt (accordion)

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Quartet & Ohio State University Concert Band, Gerard Schwarz & Keith Brion

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“My purpose is to create music not for snobs, but for all people; music which is beautiful and healing – to attempt what old Chinese painters called ‘spirit resonance’ in melody and sound.” Alan Hovhaness

Heralded by a New York Times article appearing August 28, 2011 — honoring the centenary year of Hovhaness’ birth – Delos celebrates this wonderfully eclectic “American Mystic’s” glowing niche in the pantheon of American musical history from a new angle: Hovhaness as a composer of what we now call “world music” … though on a more exalted plane than most of that genre’s content. We call Hovhaness a “mystic” largely due to his insatiable curiosity about pan-global musical traditions: primarily exotic-sounding middle- and far-Eastern modes, scales and rhythms that – owing to their “alien” impact upon western ears – tend to convey mystically spiritual impressions. On top of his own Armenian musical roots, he compulsively explored the music of other Arabic regions – as well as the traditions of India, Japan, Korea and Indonesia – absorbing them all into his overall musical consciousness, to be tapped at need to suit his unique creative designs. Accordingly, Delos has combed through its many distinguished previous recordings of Hovhaness’ music to find the individual works that best support such a “world music” classification. And everything fits: Like that of many current world music artists, the music of Hovhaness blends disparate musical influences and impulses in musical “fusions” that are framed by western contexts of sound, form and instrumentation.

Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory, Op. 62b

Prayer of St. Gregory, Op. 62b

Alan Hovhaness: Rubaiyat, Op. 308

Rubaiyat, Op. 308

Alan Hovhaness: 4 Bagatelles, Op. 30

No. 1.

No. 2.

No. 3.

No. 4.

Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, "Mysterious Mountain"

I. Andante con moto

II. Double Fugue

III. Andante espressivo

Alan Hovhaness: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 147

V. Gamelan in Sosi Style

I. Spirit Murmur

Alan Hovhaness: The Flowering Peach, Op. 125

I. Overture

II. Lifting of Voices

II. Building of the Ark

III. Intermezzo

IV. Rain

V. Love Song

VI. Sun and Moon

VII. Rainbow Hymn

Alan Hovhaness: And God Created Great Whales, Op. 229, No. 1

And God Created Great Whales, Op. 229, No. 1

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