ALBERT HURWIT: SYMPHONY NO.1Remembrance
MICHAEL LANKESTER, conductor
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
World Premiere Recording
REVIEWSAlbert Hurwit has won the 2009 AMERICAN COMPOSER COMPETITION,
having been selected from a group of 124 composers.
"In 2006, Albert Hurwit's Symphony No.1 was the Most Requested Symphony Written by a Living Composer on Beethoven Radio 'The World's Classical Radio Station.' Many composers fail to understand their audience and write music that is inaccessible to the listener. Hurwit has written a symphony that speaks to each individual listener directly from his heart. Symphony No.1 'Remembrance' is a favorite of ours and the worldwide audience at Beethoven.com."
Beethoven Radio [January 2007]
"Strikingly beautiful...glorious and affecting main theme led by a solo violin soaring ever higher in even more luxuriant waves. The whirling energy [of Movement 4] conveys the anticipation and excitement of arrival in America...Lankester draws committed and sumptuous playing from the Bulgarian orchestra"
Gramophone [September 2005]
"Hurwit [has the ability to create] an immediately memorable melody... The music is extremely pretty and very well orchestrated...Excellent sound."
Fanfare [November/December 2005]
"A moving and emotional world premiere...The symphony is written in a very direct style...which makes it all the more affecting and emotional in effect. The performance and sound could not be faulted. Let’s hope some American orchestras put Mr. Hurwit’s affecting symphony on their concert programs; I’m sure it would be well-accepted."
Audiophile Audition [September 2005]
"A luminous score.. .'Remembrance' strikes universal chord...Hurwit shows considerable skill transforming his themes and using them cyclically to unify a large scale work"
Atlanta Audio Club [June 2005]
PROGRAM NOTES"For centuries, the persecution of various ethnic groups has forced younger generations to separate from their elders and seek safety and freedom in foreign lands. Despite differences in historical circumstances, the tragedies and triumphs of the experience are essentially the same. It is the story of untold numbers of families. It is the story of this symphony." - A. HURWIT
SYMPHONY NO.1 "Remembrance"