Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 40 for Brass Quintet, Timpani & Strings, Op. 324 (1980)

The American composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) was extremely prolific with more than 500 compositions to his credit. He wrote some 67 numbered symphonies with commercial recordings of over 30.

His Symphony No. 40 has an interesting history. It was originally composed in December 1978 and the score was stolen from his New York Hotel room while Hovhaness and his wife were at a restaurant in January 1979. The stolen score was the only manuscript and he had to recompose the symphony in 1980. The work was recorded and released on an LP in 1983 but has never been transferred to CD. The performance features the composer conducting the Interlochen Arts Academy String Orchestra, Brass & Timpani.

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