The Oregon Symphony and conductor Carlos Kalmar continue their acclaimed Aspects of America series with this second installment in DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel sound. This album features three symphonic works that were all awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
Walter Piston’s Symphony No. 7 (Pulitzer Prize 1961) is a pastoral and jubilant glorification of nature, while Morton Gould’s Stringmusic (Pulitzer Prize 1995) was composed for star cellist Rostropovich, and showcases all possible sounds and colors of the string orchestra. In his Symphony No. 4 “Requiem” (Pulitzer Prize 1944), Howard Hanson explores the mysteries of life and death in an American musical idiom that simultaneously reveals the composer’s Nordic roots.
This is the 6th DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel release from the Oregon Symphony and its conductor and music director Carlos Kalmar available at the NativeDSD Music Store. We invite our listeners to also consider their earlier DSD recordings – Music for a Time of War (2011), This England (2012), Spirit of the American Range (2015), Haydn Symphonies 53, 64 & 96 (2017), and Aspects of America (2018). They are linked below for your easy access and consideration.
Total time: 01:11:08
Sound Mirror Inc.
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Kasper van Kooten
Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, in 2017 (Gould) and 2018 (Hanson and Piston).
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||March 13, 2020|
This is a fine and stimulating collection of American orchestral music, all of which is well worth hearing. The performances, all stemming from concerts in the Oregon Symphony’s home hall, are excellent and engineer John Newton and producer Blanton Alspaugh have captured them in terrific sound which is vivid and truthful. Elizabeth Schwartz’s notes are good in many ways but I was disappointed that a few pieces of what I would regard as key information were not included.
It’s recently been announced that Carlos Kalmar will step down as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony at the end of the 2020-21 season, having held the post since 2003.
I’ve now heard several of their recordings and they indicate, as this latest release does, that theirs has been a fruitful partnership. I hope that before he leaves the orchestra there’ll be one or two additions to their joint discography.
Bill Dodd, DSD Discoveries
The new Aspects of America album is terrific—easily the best Walter Piston Symphony No. 7 and the best Howard Hanson Symphony No.4 I’ve heard. The Hanson outshines the composer’s own release on a famous Mercury Living Presence. Add Pentatone’s trademark recording quality, and you have an album to treasure.
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