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Alan Hovhaness Steven D. Brown
Thu Jun 22 2000 17:06
Alan Hovhaness, the prolific American composer, died in Seattle on Wednesday at the age of 89. Rejecting the twelve-tone system of composing as unnatural, Hovhaness fused exotic asian scales with western counterpoint. Much of his music glows with an aura of mystical religiosity.

In recent years his husic has been championed by Gerard Schwarz who has recorded a number of his works with The Seattle Symphony for Delos International. Though Hovhaness's music did not always meet with critical acclaim, it has, and continues to have, a broad popular appeal.

RE: Alan Hovhaness guy & his wife
Fri Jun 23 2000 01:13
what's a good hovhaness cd to get. we don't know his music but it sounds pretty neat. does gmn have any of his stuff?
RE: Alan Hovhaness Steven D. Brown
Fri Jun 23 2000 04:12
I suggest Mysterious Mountain. Two excellent performances on CD are available - one with Gerard Schwarz and Seattle on Delos - the other with Fritz Reiner and Chicago on RCA. You won't go wrong with either. If I had to pick one over the other it would be Reiner.

For more intimate music by Hovhaness, Telarc has just released a collection of his music for harp performed by Yolanda Kondonassis.

RE: Alan Hovhaness martin
Fri Jun 23 2000 14:40
Hello to you, Guy (and your wife), Unfortunately, GMN has nothing by Hovhaness for streaming purposes at the moment. Stephen D Brown is absolutely right though , "Mysterious Mountain" is an excellent recommendation. You can take a look at it in the GMN Shop at this URL:

The top CD on this page is a terrific introduction to Hovhaness's work. Aside from "Mysterious Mountain", the CDs - two for the price of one - contain the fairly well-known work for orchestra and pre-recorded whale-song, "And God Created Great Whales" and several other works which together give a very good idea of just what Hovhannes was all about. Definitely worth thinking about.


Martin Ross, Classical Editor

RE: Alan Hovhaness bduhamel
Fri Aug 4 2000 02:08
I would suggest Mysterious Mountain, The Mount St. Helens Symphony and Prayer of Saint Gregory



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