ALAN HOVHANESS (1911-2000): Sonata "Spirit of Trees", XAVIER MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002): Fantasia, MÁXIMO DIEGO PUJOL (b.1957): Suite mágica, GARY SCHOCKER (b.1959): Hypnotized, KEITH FITCH (b.1966): Knock on Wood.
Catalogue Number: 02Q080
Description: Offered primarily for Hovhaness' 1983 work, at 21 minutes, the longest on the disc and in his characteristic modal vein and inspired by his interests in nature, mysticism and Asian music. The Montsalvatge (also 1983) also stands out for its clever use of dissonance and diverse stylistic strands. Some of the rest of it sits in the "music for a rainy afternoon" or "Hallmark Theatre" soundtrack area, comfortably tonal and undemanding. Yolanda Kondonassis (harp), Jason Vieux (guitar).