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Hanson: The Mystic Trumpeter; Lux Aeterna; Lumen in Christo; Dies Natalis
Label: Delos Cd's
Released: May 28, 2008
Catalog Num: +3160
'Howard Hanson, American Romantic' - Stereo Review Hanson V continues Delos' trailblazing Great American Composers Series with a stunning new collection including 3 premieres. In the visionary 'Mystic Trumpeter' James Earl Jones illuminates the verses of his favorite poet, Walt Whitman, and reminds us that behind that famous voice is a great classical actor. The companion works are also on the mystical, spiritual plane, rooted in Hanson's religious experiences as a young person. In his exceptional liner notes for this album, popular radio personality Jim Svejda points out that Hanson's Romantic vision 'might almost be read today as the manifesto of George Rochberg, John Corigliano, John Adams, and the other voices of the 'New Romanticism' which has become so popular in the years since Howard Hanson's death.' Six years ago Delos made history with the release of Hanson symphonic works, Vol. I (Symphonies 1 and 2 / Elegy in memory of Serge Koussevitzky). The beginning of Delos' Great American Composers Series, this recording blazed a trail back to the very center of the 'American symphonists' - neglected for decades - and jumped onto the Billboard Classical Chart, peaking at #3. Three more Hanson discs followed, with similar success. Volumes I-IV, containing the complete Hanson symphonies, are also available in a boxed set. Classic CD: 'A dramatic and vividly descriptive setting of Walt Whitman for narrator James Earl Jones (in top form), mixed chorus, and orchestra. With a powerful and persuasive performance here and throughout by the Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwarz, this proves to be a hugely enjoyable introduction to the very likeable music of Howard Hanson.'
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