The only thing to do after posting one of the finest Hovhaness recordings out there is to post another equally fine Hovhaness recording with some splendiferous Henry Cowell thrown in to sweeten the already irresistible deal :) These works originate from several CRI recordings as well as one Bay Cities recording. The 20-bit digital transfers done by Bruce Leek for Citadel Records and Klavier Records (the subsidiary of Citadel) are uniformly excellent in my experience and it is the shining case here. These are all exemplary performances, and the only works here that have multiple recordings are AH's "The Holy City" and "Meditation on Orpheus" and these versions of those two works are I believe the finest to this date.
I'm too tired to write about the music tonight so if you will excuse me I will do so tomorrow once awake and with coffee in hand. Or near hand. Probably safer that way.
|Hovhaness with his wife Serafina, I believe in 1947|
|Hovhaness conducting his "Fuji" Cantata|
|Cowell thrashin those keys - Piano, meet tone-clusters. Tone-clusters, meet piano.......|
|Henry Cowell at the Brooklyn Museum|
Enjoy quality sounds ladies and gentlemen!