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An American Masterpiece

Howard Hanson is probably one of the most influential and important composers in the history of American classical music and, tragically, is also one of the most forgotten. His music is intensely beautiful, romantic, and lyrical and is accesible to any listener. This recording of some of Hanson's works by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is arguably the best out there. The Cincinnati Pops is an absolutely top rate orchestra and her conductor, Erich Kunzel, breathes life into Hanson's works as I've never heard before. This is absolutely my favorite recording of the Suite from Merry Mount. The clarity and gorgeous tone quality of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra truly does this fun and wonderful suite justice. The Bold Island Suite, premiered on this recording, is a fantastic musical journey around Hanson's home on Bold Island, off the coast of Maine. God in Nature is my favorite of the three pieces and is quite stirring. Lastly, the Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" is an excellent finale to this CD, being one of his most performed and well known works. This is also my favorite recording of this symphony. I believe this to be the best recording of any of Hanson's works and highly recommend it. The tone quality and clarity acheived on this CD is breathtaking, and Hanson's music is some of my very favorite.

Not the right passage

Track 11 - Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, "Romantic": II. Andante con tenerezza is not the passage for which I was looking. You have to buy the whole album to get the right passage.


Formed: 1977 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has roots going all the way back to the 1870s, but was not officially distinguished from its parent organization, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, until 1977. The early Cincinnati orchestra society programmed popular music concerts and that continued with the Cincinnati Symphony, particularly under conductor Max Rudolf, who became its director in 1958. In 1965, Rudolf hired Erich Kunzel as assistant conductor and asked him to conduct the first "8 O'Clock Pops" concert....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 29, 2005

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