Sunday, June 5, 2016

Alan Hovhaness - Lousadzak "Coming of Light" for Piano & String Orchestra - Four Pieces for Violin & Piano - Concerto No. 2 for Violin & String Orchestra - Annie Jodry, Violin - Hasmig Surmélian, Piano - Orchestre Léon Barzin, Jean-Jacques Werner - Marcal Prod. 1995

Here is yet another sublime interpretation of Hovhaness's popular Piano Concerto "Lousadzak" as well as an equally strong performance of the Concerto No. 2 for Violin and String Orchestra.  Actually, I have also posted a historic recording of the Violin Concerto No. 2 a while back, with violinist Anahid Ajemian. "Lousadzak" is practically as well known as AH's masterpiece, the Symphony No. 2 opus 132, "Mysterious Mountain" as well as "The Prayer of Saint Gregory" or "And God Created Great Whales". And rightfully so, this unconventional piano concerto is a small masterpiece itself! We also get four compositions for violin and piano: "Saris", "Oror", "Shatakh", and the "Khirgiz Suite". I believe these four pieces for violin and piano are also on an OgreOgress disc that posted some time back. The OgreOgress AH discs have all been superb and produced and played with great care. I have posted a few of them thus far. 

Enjoy, and experience!


cjvinthechair said...

Think you may enjoy Hovhaness even more than I do, Mr. T.
Do have 8 or 9 symphonies on disc, including this recording of 24, plus nearly 40 on download, not ALL of the finest quality, in fairness.
It's music to put on when you're in need of being carried ideal for you in this 'annus horribilis' !

Tzadik said...

Cjv yes I am a true Hovhanessphile, or Hovhanephile (all of ancient Greece would be disappointed with me by now..) and his music has had a profound impact on my life, indeed it is heavenly noyse for my mind and spirit and especially during times of great pain has it helped. Many, many times.

AH did have a tendency to 'recycle' a bit in his late opus nos., and needless to say some do not impress yet others are knockouts. With such a vast output that's inevitable; take Milhaud or Villa-Lobos for instance, or don't actually - ha, that is, I like both composers very much however I feel that Hovhaness hit the mark with masterpieces 10 times for every 1 by Heitor or Darius, both ridiculously prolific as well!


Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Tzadik said...

Hi Toon, you are welcome friend. -Hope you are keeping that viola well tooned :-P


Vetes said...

a great record and thank you!