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His single-movement Symphony No. 6 stands as one of his most intense and integrated, its sombreness enlivened with intricate rhythms and startling counterpoint. Prayer in a Time of War and New England Triptych highlight Schuman’s abiding sense of patriotism, the former written soon after America’s entry into World War II, the latter based on hymns from the time of the American Revolution.
This disc is the fourth release in a series devoted to Schuman’s complete published symphonies.
William Schuman: Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 6
William Schuman: Prayer in a Time of War
Prayer in a Time of War
William Schuman: New England Triptych
I. Be Glad Then, America
II. When Jesus Wept
27th November 2009.
“The Sixth Symphony, first performed in 1949, is one of [Schuman's] most impressive achievements on an architectural and emotional level. That power comes across well enough in this competent account from Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony…”
“William Schuman is a major voice in American symphonic music, and no one investigating these works will be disappointed, as they are exceptionally well played and recorded.”