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David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos


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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2018, 07:17:01 am »

Well, having finally had a chance to listen to Symphony 6, I find myself liking it quite a bit. It makes considerable intellectual demands on the listener, but it's no more forbidding a work than, say, the 3rd or 6th symphonies of Diamond's teacher Roger Sessions. In any case, I caught enough in my first hearing to want to go back and listen to it again, and that's surely what matters.
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« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2018, 02:15:51 pm »

Well, having finally had a chance to listen to Symphony 6, I find myself liking it quite a bit. It makes considerable intellectual demands on the listener, but it's no more forbidding a work than, say, the 3rd or 6th symphonies of Diamond's teacher Roger Sessions. In any case, I caught enough in my first hearing to want to go back and listen to it again, and that's surely what matters.

Nobody will be surprised that I agree with this observation Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2018, 12:55:26 pm »

Just catching up with the interesting responses here. Let me state for starters that I'm only too happy for people to disagree with my opinions! I have no monopoly of insight on this, or anything else for that matter. That, for me, is the fun of these kinds of forums. Who on earth would want a forum where everyone agreed with you all the time? Anyway, I get very used to people disagreeing with me at home and even in his speech at my wedding my brother said that my wife was 'doomed to years of listening to music by deservedly neglected composers'. One 'friend' suggested that he could have just stopped after the word 'doomed'.

Anyway, I have the greatest respect for my friend Colin's views and those of Greg and the others here. I think that Diamond's Third is one of the very great American symphonies but still find No.6 rather heavy going and would not put it in the same league as VW's No.6 or even Alwyn's Third Symphony as suggested in the Musicweb review. William Schuman's 6th Symphony is a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned and, so far, I much prefer it to Diamond's No.6 but I will listen to the Diamond again and am glad to have the CD for the fine performances of Rounds (which I appreciated more than before) and the lovely Romeo and Juliet. I seem to recall preferring Diamond's 8th Symphony which was on Delos/Naxos.

Apropos of nothing let me recommend Philip Spratley's Third Symphony 'Sinfonia Pascale' to you and Fricker's 'Vision of Judgement' - his masterpiece I think.
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« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2018, 05:11:57 pm »

Ha yes I was excited when I got the CD in the mail. I hurriedly put it in the player in my den and when No 6 came on my wife thought someone was in the street making a horrible noise. I said no thatís the CD player. So Iíll have to listen with headphones I guess.
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« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2018, 08:10:47 pm »

Ha yes I was excited when I got the CD in the mail. I hurriedly put it in the player in my den and when No 6 came on my wife thought someone was in the street making a horrible noise. I said no thatís the CD player. So Iíll have to listen with headphones I guess.
Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who experiences this kind of thing!

'Must we listen to this noise?' and 'It sounds like World War Three has broken out' are common responses to my musical selection.
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« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2018, 10:41:42 pm »

I've had to listen to music through headphones my entire life!
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« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2018, 06:40:38 pm »

Ha yes I was excited when I got the CD in the mail. I hurriedly put it in the player in my den and when No 6 came on my wife thought someone was in the street making a horrible noise. I said no thatís the CD player. So Iíll have to listen with headphones I guess.
Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who experiences this kind of thing!

'Must we listen to this noise?' and 'It sounds like World War Three has broken out' are common responses to my musical selection.

Yes... I started listening to his other symphonies last night for reference... I'm thinking this Symphony no 6 is somewhat of an aberration ....  maybe  William Schuman (another New Yorker) may had some influence....
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