Hovhannes: Mysterious Mountain, Lousadzak; Harrison: Symphony No. 2 "Elegiac"

Keith Jarrett, piano
American Composers Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
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"I understand what Hovhaness is doing. 'Lousadzak' certainly isn't a virtuosos piano piece. It's so simple that it's almost impossible to get anything into it. But when you do, it's like someone telling you a very simple truth that you thought of as a cliché all your life. [But] when you hear someone say it as though they had really experienced it, you know right away that it's a cliché because people just say it wrong." --Keith Jarrett


That a pianist with the varied interests and talents—not to mention the distinguished reputation—of Keith Jarrett turned his attention to Lousadzak has served to attract the notice of listeners unlikely otherwise to have encountered such a work. And Jarrett’s performance has much to recommend it. --Fanfare


In 1989 the music of lifelong composer-friends Alan Hovhaness and Lou Harrison finally came together to share an entire commercially-released disc. The label was New Jersey-based Musical Heritage Society and the conductor the ever-enterprising Dennis Russell Davis, directing The American Composers Orchestra. The two longer works were the second symphonies of each composer - beautiful and heartfelt pieces which juxtaposed high drama with a pronounced serenity. However, it was the presence on this disc of world-class jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, giving a truly scintillating performance of Hovhaness' breakthrough piano concerto 'Lousadzak'. --MusicWeb International

 

TRACK LISTING


ALAN HOVHANNES: "Mysterious Mountain" (Symphony No. 2, Op. 132)
1. 1. Andante Con Moto 05:11
2 2. Double Fugue - Moderato Maestoso, Allegro Vivo 05:43
3 3. Andante Espressivo 05:36

4 Lousadzak, Op. 48 16:35
Keith Jarrett, piano

LOU HARRISON: Symphony No. 2 "Elegiac":
5 1. Tears Of The Angel Israfel 08:11
6 2. Allegro Poco Presto 03:34
7 3. Tears Of The Angel Israfel II 06:17
8 4. Praises For Michael The Archangel 07:15
9 5. The Sweetness Of Epicurus 08:37

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