Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (2013)

Hanson

Rochester Chamber Orchestra, -, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale

Fetler, Shewan

Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was a distinguished American composer, educator and preeminent advocate of American music. He belonged to that select group of American composers born in the last decade of the 19th century – Walter Piston (1894), Roger Sessions (1896), Randall Thompson (1899), Roy Harris (1898), Virgil Thomson (1896) and Aaron Copland (1900) – who personified the emergence of American classical music as a distinctly national, as opposed to European, cultural force to be taken seriously. He was the leading practitioner of American musical Romanticism, much in the tradition of Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen in Scandinavia. Hanson dedicated his professional life to the encouragement, creation and preservation of beauty in music, believing it to be an art form possessing unique power to ennoble both performer and listener, and, by extension, mankind: “Music has a strange physiological and psychological power. We rediscover music not only as a tremendous emotional force in the lives of men but also as a sociological force in education. We realize that these simple vibrations which proceed from the elastic string of the violin are potent, potent both for good and ill. We ponder upon the intricacies of the human mind and the unfathomed depths of the human soul. We salute music not as an abstract art but as a great social force. We call upon ourselves to utilize this force for the benefit of mankind. We call upon the spirit of beauty to make clean our hearts that we may be fit servants of so great an art... a divinely great art. We study an art which is a part of infinity itself. It is tangible, it is intangible. It is science, it is art. It is emotion, it is intellect. It is a part of society, yet it carries us to heights where we exist for a moment in the fearful and awesome isolation of interplanetary space. It calls for our deepest emotional development, the greatest use of our intellectual powers and a supreme devotion to beauty.”
-Howard Hanson, speaking at an Eastman School Convocation in 1936

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Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (2013)

Hanson

Rochester Chamber Orchestra, -, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale

    Classical Net

"(...)The lush opening measures of Nymphs and Satyrs require a suspension of disbelief: Hanson first intended the music for solo clarinet. The piece yet again is flat-out gorgeous, but its very lyricism militates against anyone dancing to it. As a composer, Hanson sings rather than dances. To me, it's a tone poem in three short movements, the most delightful being the scherzo second movement. (...)"

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"Piano lovers, take note! Hanson’s “Two Yuletide Pieces for Piano Solo” are delicious examples of Hanson’s lyrical spirituality as a composer. And it is a devilishly difficult instrument to record in anything like its full beauty. And yet High Definition Tape Transfer is a company that is making quite a name for itself in the realm of exceptional transfers of significant classical and jazz recordings from analog to high-resolution digital formats. Many of these recordings will not be found be released in high resolution anywhere else, I’m delighted to say. I have been particularly taken by the wonderful sound of Bob Witrak’s DSD releases, especially in Double and Quad DSD. HDTT now owns a Merging Technologies HAPI A/D converter, and is making great use of it! The third track on this sampler is a splendid album of the work of Howard Hanson, transferred from its analog master tape to Quad DSD in shining glory! You’ll hear a fine solo piano recording, with impeccable artistry by David Craighead, showing how Quad DSD is able to deliver the full dynamics and harmonic richness that we long for. The entire album is stellar, though, and includes Hanson’s works involving chorus and chamber orchestra. A magnificent album! You owe it to yourself to purchase the complete work." - from the booklet of the album NDSD006 'Positive Feedback DSD Sampler'

David W. Robinson

Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (2013)

Hanson

Rochester Chamber Orchestra, -, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale

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This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Ballet Suite Nymphs and Satyr
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Concerto da Camera in C for Piano and String Quartet
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Concerto for Organ, Harp and String Orchestra
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Two Yuletide Pieces for Piano Solo
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Four Pieces for Chorus- A Prayer of the Middle Ages
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Four Pieces for Chorus- How Excellent Thy Name
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Four Pieces for Chorus- I will Lift up Mine Eyes
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Four Pieces for Chorus- Praise Ye the Lord
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