Legal name: Alan Vaness Chakmakjian


Alan Hovhaness (; March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an Armenian-American composer. 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
1988 Shālimār Alan Hovhaness; Alan Hovhaness 1
1989 And God Created Great Whales / Concerto no. 8 for Orchestra / Anahid / Elibris / Alleluia and Fugue Alan Hovhaness; Philharmonia Orchestra, David Amos 1
1989 Mysterious Mountain / Lousadzak / Elegiac Symphony Alan Hovhaness, Lou Harrison; American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Keith Jarrett 1
1990 Requiem and Resurrection / Symphony no. 19 "Vishnu" Alan Hovhaness; North Jersey Wind Symphony, Sevan Philharmonic, Alan Hovhaness 1
1992 Gould: West Point Symphony / Hovhaness: Symphony no. 4 / Giannini: Symphony no. 3 Morton Gould, Alan Hovhaness, Vittorio Giannini; Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell, A. Clyde Roller 1
1993 20th Century Music for Trumpet and Organ Eben, Plog, Hovhannes, Persichetti, Jolivet, Douglas Lowry; Anthony Plog, Hans-Ola Ericsson 1
1993 Mount St. Helens Symphony / City of Light Symphony Alan Hovhaness 1
1993 Piano Music of Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness; Wayne Johnson 1
1993 Symphony no. 25 (Odysseus) / Symphony no. 6 (Celestial Gate) / Prayer of Saint Gregory Alan Hovhaness; Polyphonia Orchestra of London, Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Mountains and Rivers Alan Hovhaness 1
1994 Symphony no. 46 "To The Green Mountains" / Symphony no. 39 Alan Hovhaness; KBS Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Jordania, Michael Long 1
1994 Mysterious Mountain / And God Created Great Whales Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1994 Spirit Murmur Alan Hovhaness, Zhou Long; The Shanghai Quartet 1
1994 Star Dawn Hovhaness; Keith Brion, Christian Lindberg, Ohio State Concert Band 1
1995 The Rubaiyat Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1995 Celestial Gate Alan Hovhaness; I Fiamminghi, Rudolf Werthen 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 Alan Hovhaness; KBS Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Jordania, Michael Long 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; Christina Fong, Arved Ashby 5 1
2001 Mystical Mountains Alan Hovhaness, Gregory Short, Michael Young; Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Spain 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 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; Slovenská filharmónia, Rastislav Štúr, Christina Fong, Gaurav Mazumdar, Paul Hersey, Michael Bowman 5 1
2008 Guitar Concerto no. 2 / Symphony no. 63 “Loon Lake” / Fanfare for the New Atlantis Alan Hovhaness; Javier Calderón, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stewart Robertson 1
2008 Solos, Duos, Trios Hovhaness 5 1
2010 Symphonies nos. 7, 14 and 23 Alan Hovhaness; Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, Keith Brion 1
2012 Symphony no. 1 “Exile” / Symphony no. 50 “Mount Saint Helens” Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony,Gerard Schwarz 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
2018 Suite for Band / October Mountain / The Ruins of Ani Alan Hovhaness; Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Larry Gookin, Keith Brion, Mark Goodenberger 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
Hovhaness: Fantasy for Piano / Vartabed: Six Dances for Piano Alan Hovhaness, Komitas Vartabed 1
Saint Vartan Symphony, op. 80 Alan Hovhaness; The M-G-M Chamber Orchestra, Carlos Surinach 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Magnificat Hovhaness; Choirs and Orchestra of St. John's Cathedral, Denver, Donald Pearson 1
2009 Hovhaness: Symphony no. 1 / Milhaud: Symphony no. 1 / Copland: Symphony no. 2 / Serebrier: Symphony no. 1 Hovhaness, Milhaud, Copland, Serebrier; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 1
2011 Stravinsky: Symphony in C / Hindemith: Symphony in E-flat / Hartmann: Symphony no. 2 “Adagio” / Hansson: Symphony no. 4 “Requiem” / Harris: Symphony no. 7 / Hovhaness: Symphony no. 3 Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris, Hovhaness; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Air, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 1

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