Paine: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

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Paine: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1



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30th Sept 2013




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Paine: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 23

Shakespeare’s Tempest – Symphonic Poem, Op. 31

Overture to Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, Op. 28



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John Knowles Paine was one of the ‘Boston Six’, a group of important American composers active in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His German training equipped him with considerable formal skill and he soon rose to become a pioneer of the symphonic tradition in America. Paine’s Symphony No. 1 received a tremendous reception at its première on account of its attractive themes, skilful orchestration and accomplished design. The Overture As You Like It is notable for its graceful and tuneful themes, whereas Shakespeare’s Tempest is a more adventurous and powerful Lisztian tone poem.

John Knowles Paine: As You Like It Overture, Op. 28

As You Like It Overture, Op. 28

John Knowles Paine: The Tempest, Op. 31

I. The Storm

II. Calm and happy scene before Prospero's cell

II. Ariel

III. Prosperos Tale

IV. The happy love of Ferdinand and Miranda

IV. Episode with Caliban - Triumph of Prospero's potent art

John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 23

I. Allegro con brio

II. Allegro vivace

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro vivace

MusicWeb International

4th October 2013

“Though [Paine] is not among the greatest composers, nor is he a merely mediocre one, and at least his symphonies deserve to be regularly heard.”

New York Times

19th February 2014

“all are persuasively crafted, making these regal, beautifully played and recorded accounts impossible to dismiss.”

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