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Schuman
Symphony No.3
Symphony for Strings [Symphony No.5]
Judith: Choreographic Poem for Orchestra
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz

Symphony No.3 recorded in September 2005 in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; Symphony for Strings and Judith recorded respectively in January 1991 and January 1992 in Seattle Center Opera House
CD No: NAXOS 8.559317
Duration: 68 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
Powerful, evocative and rigorous, the Third of William Schuman (1910-92) is one of the great American symphonies, dedicatedly wrought by Schwarz and his Seattle musicians. The Fifth is concise and sinewy, the slow movement a deeply felt beauty. The bible-inspired Judith, full of colour and drama, completes a fine picture of a very important and much-admired figure in American music.

 

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