Symphony Nos 3&4
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 16.41 x 14.81 x 0.99 cm; 96.1 g
- メーカー : Naxos American
- EAN : 0636943922729
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2006
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Naxos American
- ASIN : B000EBEGZK
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Harris's Folk Song Symphony, his fourth, is an odd work, hardly a symphony in our usual use of the word. It was first performed in 1940 and is more of a cantata--it's a set of choral and orchestral arrangements of familiar songs, including "The Streets of Laredo," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "He's Gone Away," and a Negro spiritual or two. There's nothing particularly deep about it, but it's good entertainment. And Marin Alsop leads the Colorado forces with energy and what seems like true excitement. The briefer Third Symphony is a meatier work: it builds with suspense for its first half (it lasts about 18 minutes), has a fine fugue which features some exciting brass playing, and is concise and dramatic. Alsop gets intense playing from the orchestra. A very interesting piece, well played. --Robert Levine
Strongly influenced by his native Oklahoma, Roy Harris studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, returning to America to establish himself as one of the leading composers of his generation. The backbone of his output is the series of thirteen symphonies, whi
The folk song symphony is amusing. It reminds me of Copland's old american songs that I used to love many moons ago. It's more sophisticated and interesting than Copland's songs, but I prefer solo to massed voices.
Yes, there is clarity of playing from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and this version very probably benefits from more advanced recording techniques than the Bernstein, but, if pressed - and it would be ideal to have everything - I have to say, in this particular instance, I am less concerned with the recording being an exemplar of sound recording technology, than I might be were it a Baroque concerto.
It simply lacks the necessary emotional commitment, which is all the more puzzling as Alsop studied under Bernstein. I have read a favourable review of this recording which states that Alsop 'lets the music speak for itself'. For those who think this way it is worth remembering that there is no such thing as self-interpreting music - all music has to be interpreted, that's why we have different versions by different conductors. With the Colorado Orchestra we are sitting in a gently-swaying mock stagecoach on a film set, with an imitation backdrop going past on an unrelenting scenery roller. Whatever the other version's age and imperfections, with Bernstein we are riding out on top, in the real American air, with the exhilaration of the real risks taken and the real passions felt.
However, for all my disappointment with the 3rd symphony, I was delighted with Alsop's reading of the 4th. The contrast is amazing - Alsop directs the Colorado Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with great aplomb, the singing is strong and the instrumental support is very refined and powerful throughout. The CD is worth buying for the 4th symphony alone.
My enjoyment of the 'Folk Song Symphony' wasn't affected by my having heard it before, and I really did enjoy it. Musically it is no match for the 3rd Symphony (in spite of being over twice as long), but perhaps it will grow on me. The singing by the Colorado Symphony Chorus is vigorous, with the words crystal clear. The tunes are all familiar and accessible.
This is a generally good CD, and good value for money, but merits only three stars because of the somewhat lacklustre rendition of one of my favourite symphonies.