STEPHEN ALBERT (1941-1992): Symphony No. 2, SAMUEL JONES (b.1935): Symphony No. 3 “Palo Duro Canyon”, WALTER PISTON (1894-1976): Symphony No. 6.
Catalogue Number: 07U012
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Albert was just finishing his symphony at the time of his death. Sebastian Currier finished the orchestration at the invitation of Albert's publisher, G. Schirmer. Like his First (the 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner) it shows Albert's love of Debussy, early Stravinsky and Bartók in his rich orchestral colors, plainly tonal underpinnings, harmonic language and intricate textures. It was first recorded for Naxos (April 2007 - 04I089) Jones’ 1992 work (also first recorded for Naxos (March 2009 - 03K077) is a one-movement work of 24 minutes which tells the history in music of the spectacular geological formation near Amarillo, the music energetic, raw-boned and outsized in character (there are even some Comanche themes in the "trio" part of its "scherzo" section). Piston’s direct, vital and colorful symphony of 1955, already available in recordings by Leonard Slatkin and Gerard Schwarz, finishes up a disc which leaves you asking the question “why no first recordings?”. London Symphony Orchestra; Lance Friedel.