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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #180 on: January 14, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #181 on: January 15, 2018, 01:51:51 AM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
The ending of 'Meditation on Orpheus', presumably depicting the decapitation of Orpheus is uncharacteristically violent for Hovhaness (notwithstanding the musical depiction of the eruption of Mount St Helens in Symphony 50). Those are two of my favourite Hovhaness compositions.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #182 on: January 15, 2018, 08:09:03 AM »
The ending of 'Meditation on Orpheus', presumably depicting the decapitation of Orpheus is uncharacteristically violent for Hovhaness (notwithstanding the musical depiction of the eruption of Mount St Helens in Symphony 50). Those are two of my favourite Hovhaness compositions.

Mine too, Jeffrey, although I do still love Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #183 on: January 15, 2018, 08:30:12 AM »
Nice ending! Thanks for the tip.

I'm gonna state for the record that AFAIK Shambala is his most unique composition.  It's quite long for one thing (45 minutes), and with the sitar there are moments when it almost, almost, doesn't sound like Hovhaness.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #184 on: January 17, 2018, 12:15:44 PM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
I think that Symphony 25 'Odysseus' is a rather 'spikier' work than some although it has characteristic moments and an affirmative sense of home-coming towards the end. It's companion Symphony 6 'Celestial Gate' is one I especially like and often play.




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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #185 on: March 12, 2019, 08:20:49 AM »
A recommendation for Symphony 29 for Trombone and Band on this very appealing Hovhaness compilation. I'm sorry that the poetic and eloquent Meditation on Orpheus is missing as it originally was coupled with Omar Khayyam on an earlier Delos release utilising the same cover image of Michael York:

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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #186 on: March 12, 2019, 09:54:18 AM »
A recommendation for Symphony 29 for Trombone and Band



That must be a nice piece.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #187 on: March 12, 2019, 10:46:02 AM »
Mine too, Jeffrey, although I do still love Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”.
Me too John, especially in Reiner's recording but others as well.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #188 on: March 12, 2019, 10:48:16 AM »
That must be a nice piece.
I thought of you Karl when I was listening to it and thought it would probably be your cup of tea (or glass of root beer  8))
Certainly a very enjoyable piece.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #189 on: March 13, 2019, 02:38:35 AM »
Fra Angelico (the original LP sleeve)


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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #190 on: March 13, 2019, 04:24:08 AM »
Fra Angelico (the original LP sleeve)



Very nice. Symphony 11 'All Men are Brothers' is one of my favourites.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #191 on: May 10, 2019, 06:47:39 PM »
It's always fascinating when finding videos of composers talking about their lifes or other topics. This is a short documentary cut in 3 parts (when YouTube only allowed videos of 10 minutes long, I guess) about Hovhaness. Needless to say it was very very interesting. Now I want to share it with you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E</a>

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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #192 on: May 11, 2019, 01:26:17 PM »
It's always fascinating when finding videos of composers talking about their lifes or other topics. This is a short documentary cut in 3 parts (when YouTube only allowed videos of 10 minutes long, I guess) about Hovhaness. Needless to say it was very very interesting. Now I want to share it with you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E</a>
Thank you Cesar for posting this. What a fascinating insight into Hovhaness's life and work. I'd never heard him talk before. He comes across as a very endearing and self-effacing man and I loved the story of his writing a score in a lorry drivers cafe with some difficulty. His wife Hinako seems equally charming and the seem very happy together. I'm inclined to agree with him that Symphony 50 'Mount St Helens' might be his finest symphony. I also liked the extract from Symphony 28, dedicated to his Armenian grandmother, which I'd never recalled hearing before. Also his comments on Stravinsky and Sibelius are of great interest as are his spiritual views. Really enjoyed watching this  :)
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #193 on: May 12, 2019, 05:06:13 AM »
It's always fascinating when finding videos of composers talking about their lifes or other topics. This is a short documentary cut in 3 parts (when YouTube only allowed videos of 10 minutes long, I guess) about Hovhaness. Needless to say it was very very interesting. Now I want to share it with you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zt29-ZcFaEI</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/NWC5Nvw3dI8</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hKYnIvy3P1E</a>

For some odd reason, I’m not seeing any of these videos.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #194 on: May 12, 2019, 05:15:29 AM »
For some odd reason, I’m not seeing any of these videos.

They seem to work fine. Will listen to them later this week  :)

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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #196 on: May 14, 2019, 11:29:54 AM »
I'm no Hovhaness expert or particular fan but I did enjoy "Mysterious Mountain" in this collection