McKay: Harbor Narrative / Evocation Symphony

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McKay: Harbor Narrative / Evocation Symphony
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, John McLaughlin Williams, Conductor

[ Naxos American Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 15 January 2002

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"This Naxos release serves as an exceptional ear-opener in documenting just how substantial and individualistic was his achievement as a nationalist composer...The word "evocative" leaps to mind..." Fanfare

"This is not the first foray into obscure American composers by the Ukranian forces, and they do a bang-up job of it...Some of the credit undoubtedly goes to guest conductor Williams."
- John Sunier July-August 2001

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine was originally formed in 1937, but three years ago was given the accolade of carrying the word 'National'. It was conferred by the President of the Ukraine in recognition of its pre-eminence in that sector of the world. It has performed with most of the major East European conductors and toured extensively in the old Soviet Union. In recent years it has ventured further abroad with an auspicious tour earlier in 1997 to England where one critic added that it surpassed the famous Russian National Orchestra. It has recorded frequently for Naxos and Marco Polo, and the critic of the American disc magazine, Fanfare, wrote, that the "orchestra can stand next to the big boys".


From a Moonlit Ceremony (1945)
01. I. Evocation 03:48
02. II.Demon Dance 02:59
03. III. Spirit Song 03:58
04. IV. Festival Dance 04:28

Harbor Narrative (1934)
05. I. Sea Horizon 05:51
06. II. En route 02:32
07. III. Voice of the City 02:41
08. IV. Chanty 04:02
09. V. Men and Machines 02:15
10. VI. Gulls 02:19
11. VII. Waterfront March 02:24
12. VIII. Outward Bound 03:14
13. IX. Into the Distance 04:04
Evocation Symphony 'Symphony for Seattle' (1951)
14. I. Andante - Allegro con moto 10:45
From a Moonlit Ceremony (1945)
15. II. Andante teneramente e pastorale 08:02
Evocation Symphony 'Symphony for Seattle' (1951)
16. III. Allegro vigoroso e ritmico 05:47