HOVHANESS: Khrimian Hairig / Guitar Concerto / Symphony No. 60

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1 Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49 [Khrimian Hairig, Op. 49] 8:09 44.1/16 Album only
2 I. Largo (Guitar Concerto, Op. 325) 14:34 44.1/16 Album only
3 II. Andante espressivo (Guitar Concerto, Op. 325) 8:51 44.1/16 Album only
4 III. Allegro Moderato (Guitar Concerto, Op. 325) 8:45 44.1/16 Album only
5 I. Adagio doloroso (Symphony No. 60, Op. 396, "To the Appalachian Mountains") 10:47 44.1/16 Album only
6 II. Allegro (Symphony No. 60, Op. 396, "To the Appalachian Mountains") 9:38 44.1/16 Album only
7 III. Senza misura: Adagio (Symphony No. 60, Op. 396, "To the Appalachian Mountains") 3:18 44.1/16 Album only
8 IV. Finale: Andante - Allegro (Symphony No. 60, Op. 396, "To the Appalachian Mountains") 10:01 44.1/16 Album only

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Of Armenian and Scottish extraction, the American composer Alan Hovhaness was a trend-setting pioneer who absorbed a variety of archaic and modern influences from East and West. He once said: “My purpose is to create music, not for snobs, but for all people – music which is beautiful and healing.” Described by the composer’s wife as his ‘true masterpiece’, Khrimian Hairig, with its trumpet solo, recalls the heroic Armenian priest of the title. Hovhaness’ virtuoso and romantic Guitar Concerto was written for the Bolivian guitarist Juan Calderon. The Symphony No. 60 ‘To the Appalachian Mountains’, expresses the composer’s love of the music and folk poetry of the Appalachians. Other works by Alan Hovhaness can be heard on Naxos 8.559207 and 8.559241.

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There is healing in the wings of this music which is most sweetly articulated in performances that avoid blandness and embrace simple sincerity. We need to hear much more Hovhaness - Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, December 2006