Howard Hanson (1896-1981):
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 21 "Nordic" (tracks 1-3)
Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 "Romantic" (tracks 4-6)
Song of Democracy (track 7)
Eastman School of Music Chorus, Herman Genhart, director (track 7)
Howard Hanson, conductor
Recorded May 6, 1957 (Song of Democracy); May 4, 1958 (Symphony No. 2) and December 16, 1958 (Symphony No. 1) in the Eastman Theatre, Rochester NY
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (tracks 1-3)
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 Mix: Andrew Wedman assisted by Mark Bucker, Andreas Bruning and Claudia Pohl
Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones (tracks 1-3) and a Schoeps M201 in the center and Neumann KM-56 omni-directional microphones on the left and right sides (tracks 4-7). Recorded on Ampex 300 half-inch 3-track recorders at 15 inches per second. First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
Howard Hanson, American composer and long-time head of the Eastman School of Music, conducts his own works in this classic Mercury Living Presence recording. Hanson's accessible but intense symphonies never sound better than under the composer's direction. Also included is one of Hanson's several choral works, Song of Democracy. Rochester's wonderful Eastman Theatre provided the recording team with stunning acoustics. This long-time favorite was one of the first Mercury recordings to be reissued for the digital age.
"The most exciting version both sonically and performance-wise one could possibly expect of both concertos.
"Razor-sharp playing and sound. Paray's performances have still-unrivaled panache, and Auber's triangle accents are as titillating as ever."