Hello everyone, I wish I could post more right now but it's been and still is a very busy time for me. But I wanted to give everyone a (imo) great and certainly unusual Hovhaness post before I leave for work. Some of Hovhaness's most intriguing and unorthodox works call for smaller forces, including chamber ensembles and atypical instrumental combinations. "Khaldis" Op. 91 is a good example.
Scored for Piano, Four Trumpets and Percussion, Hovhaness considers it to be a concerto. I find it to be an exciting piece, and hope you do too. Then we have one of AH's Piano Sonatas, "Mount Katahdin" Op. 405 (!) here played by the skillful and seasoned Hovhaness specialist Martin Berkofsky. Lastly, we have Hovhaness himself playing his early "Fantasy" Op. 16 for Piano. It's always a pleasure to hear Hovhaness play or conduct his own music. Happily Crystal Record's Hovhaness catalog boasts several such recordings; usually (but not exclusively) taken from the initial Poseidon Society recordings (AH's own label during the 60's and 70's). The Sound quality on "Fantasy" is very good although not great. A wonderful and important document for any Hovhaness lover.
|The original album cover displaying an ancient Armenian ruin, from the Poseidon LP.|
*I will add background information on each work (including Hovhaness's/Berkofsky's booklet
notes late tonight if I'm not too run down. Otherwise I shall do so on Thursday.
Tracklist: ("Khaldis" is incorrectly titled "Khandis", iTunes filename screwing I suppose..off by one
letter..not exactly a problem, just a fyi!)
Khaldis, Concerto for Piano, Four Trumpets and Percussion (18:58)
3)Three Tones (1:07)
4)Bhajana (Adoration) (3:33)
5)Jhala with Drum (2:45)
Mount Katahdin, Sonata for Piano (13:16)
10)Jhala on Larch Trees - Allegro (1:23)
11)Maestoso tragico (2:18)
Fantasy, Op. 16 (19:14) *Alan Hovhaness, Piano