Alan Hovhaness

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Legal name: Alan Vaness Chakmakjian


Alan Hovhaness (/hˈvɑːnɪs/; Armenian: Ալան Յովհաննէս, March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. The true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.

The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer (rather as Ernest Bloch is seen as a Jewish composer), his output assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American about all of it is the way it turns its materials into a kind of exoticism. The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgic."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain / Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite / Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss Divertimento Hovhaness, Prokofiev, Stravinsky; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 3
1985 Music of Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness 1
1986 Symphony no. 9, op. 180 "Saint Vartan Symphony" / "Artik", Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra Alan Hovhaness 1
1987 Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale / The Fairy's Kiss: Divertimento / Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain Igor Stravinsky, Alan Hovhaness; Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner 1
1989 Mysterious Mountain / Lousadzak / Elegiac Symphony Alan Hovhaness, Lou Harrison; American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Keith Jarrett 1
1993 Symphony No. 11 / Armenian Rhapsody No. 1 / Prayer of Saint Gregory / Tzaikerk (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Crystal Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Alan Hovhaness, Ernest Gold) Alan Hovhaness 1
1993 Mount St. Helens Symphony / City of Light Symphony Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Mountains and Rivers Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Symphony No. 46 "To The Green Mountains" / Symphony No. 39 Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Alan Hovhaness - Star Dawn Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Mysterious Mountain / And God Created Great Whales (Seattle Symphony, feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz) Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Spirit Murmur Alan Hovhaness, Zhou Long; The Shanghai Quartet 1
1995 The Rubaiyat Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1995 Magnificat / Saturn Alan Hovhaness 1
1997 John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees / Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain John Williams, Alan Hovhaness; London Symphony Orchestra, Judith LeClair, John Williams 2
1997 Mystery of the Holy Martyrs / Symphony No. 3 (KBS Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Vakhtang Jordania) Alan Hovhaness 1
1997 Hovhaness Collection Alan Hovhaness 1
1999 Hovhaness Collection, Volume Two Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2000 Violin|Viola and Keyboard Works Alan Hovhaness 5 1
2002 Dello Joio: Meditations on Ecclesiastes / Hovhaness: Psalm and Fugue / Shepherd of Israel / Rosner: Responses, Hosanna, and Fugue Norman Dello Joio, Alan Hovhaness, Arnold Rosner; Philharmonia Orchestra, David Amos 1
2002 Concerto No. 7 for Orchestra / Symphony No. 15 / Magnificat for Four Solo Voices, Chorus and Orchestra Alan Hovhaness 1
2003 Mysterious Mountains Alan Hovhaness; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 2
2004 Symphony no. 22 “City of Light” / Cello Concerto Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness, János Starker 1
2005 Symphonies nos. 4, 20 and 53 / The Prayer of Saint Gregory Alan Hovhaness; John Wallace, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Wind Orchestra, Keith Brion 1
2006 Symphony no. 60 / Guitar Concerto / Khrimian Hairig Alan Hovhaness; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, David Leisner, Lars Ranch 1
2006 Janabar / Talin / Shambala Alan Hovhaness 5 1
2008 Solos, Duos, Trios Alan Hovhaness 5 1
2010 Symphonies nos. 7, 14 and 23 Alan Hovhaness; Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, Keith Brion 1
2015 Symphony no. 48 "Vision of Andromeda" / Prelude and Quadruple Fugue / Soprano Saxophone Concerto Alan Hovhaness; Greg Banaszak, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra / Spirit of Trees / Upon Enchanted Ground / The Garden of Adonis / Sonata for Harp Alan Hovhaness; Yolanda Kondonassis 1
Fantasy for Piano / Six Dances for Piano Alan Hovhaness / Komitas Vartabed 1
Music of Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness 1
Polyphonia Orchestra of London, Alan Hovaness, conducting Alan Hovhaness 1
Requiem And Resurrection, Op. 224/Symphony No. 19, Op. 217 Alan Hovhaness 1
Saint Vartan Symphony, op. 80 Alan Hovhaness; The M-G-M Chamber Orchestra, Carlos Surinach 1
Shalimar: Hovhaness Plays Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Magnificat Alan Hovhaness 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Celestial Gate and Other Orchestral Works Alan Hovhaness 1

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