is the world premier recording of
performing his own compositions for piano. It offers authoritative and lasting renditions of the work of this legendary composer. Alan Hovhaness" musical output is tremendous having written numerous pieces for the solo piano. The selections chosen for this release are those which best exemplify the beautiful and sublime nature that is the essence of his unique and personal style. Hovhaness" music is built on clear tonal centers and repetitive patterns. Contrary to the sheer rhythmic drive of minimalism, his music is also divinely melodic. Integrating exotic scales, rhythms, and instrumental figurations of the Orient with modal harmony and structures of Western classical music, Hovhaness has created a highly evolved and universal approach to art. From
Shalimar , his tribute to Kashmir, to the gentle
Love Song Vanishing Into Sounds of Crickets Op. 327 , given as a valentine to his wife, the compositions here are delicate, sophisticated, and exceptionally lovely.