First Symphony & Bath County Rhapsody
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Robert Ward's First Symphony highlights this recording.

Highlighting this recording is Ward's First Symphony, written in 1942 when he was a graduate student in composition and conducting at Juilliard. This was his first work to bring him national attention with a critic noting that "...he has the gift for the lyric line...strong melodic expression is supported by an active and resourceful imagination for contrapuntal design, by a great talent for rhythmic variety....The sum of these excellencies is greatness." Ward comments: "In the years after the war I have written many works for diverse media and under other influences. Looking back I hope these efforts might still merit the high praise that critic Glenn Dillard Gunn gave my First Symphony."
Contents:
Robert Ward, composer
Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet
Joseph Robinson, oboe, Ciompi quartet

Robert Ward, composer
Raleigh Divertimento
Czech Nonet

Robert Ward, composer
Bath County Rhapsody
Jane Hawkings, piano, Ciompi Quartet

Robert Ward, composer
Arioso & Tarantelle for Viola & Piano
Jonathan Bagg, viola, Jane Hawkings, piano

Robert Ward, composer
First Symphony
Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Alan Balter, conductor

Review:
"Robert Ward...deserves more attention than he has received. ...The four chamber works are all most enjoyable listening." (Audiophile Audition)
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