Top 5 American Symphonies

Take five acclaimed musicians’ top picks for American symphonies, and you get quite an earful.

Symphony No. 1 by Christopher TheofanidisOne of the top 5 American symphonies you should know is Symphony No. 1 by Christopher Theofanidis, which musically inclined individuals acquainted with symphonic form, will be able to listen to with ease.

If you want music that can stand alone on its own gesticulations and offer an emotional experience, this is a suitable album. It seduces and haunts. Providing a good match to the Theofanidis Symphony is Neruda Songs by Peter Lieberson, inspired by famous writer Pablo Neruda’s celebrated poems on love and loss. Neruda Songs features mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Conner. Symphony No. 1 and Neruda Songs is dedicated to the memory of the great artist, Peter Lieberson, whose orchestral piece was written for his wife Lorraine.

Decasia by Michael GordonJoining the list of 5 American symphonies worth knowing is Decasia by Michael Gordon, which melds rock and other musical forms with sheer noise for an in-your-face exhilarating symphony. The American symphony was written to go with the Bill Morrison film. Decasia is an exploration of the concept of decay but the symphony may be considered both somber and hopeful.

Samuel Barber’s Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2Another listening treat is American composer Samuel Barber’s Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2. This is an American symphony that can offer emotional impact.

 

 

Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 3 (Gloria) and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 - Symphony for Organ & OrchestraRounding off the top 5 American symphonies you should know are Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 3 (Gloria) and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 – Symphony for Organ & Orchestra. In the former, Glenn Branca wrote 13 pieces. There are guitar strings and drums in this particular symphony album. The latter, Symphony No. 3 – Symphony for Organ & Orchestra, has tender as well as loud & brassy portions, and sharp rhythms. It is another American symphony with huge emotional impact for the musically inclined, which can be described as stirring.

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