Across the Ages
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Haunting, beautifully performed works for cello by Alan Hovhaness.

Across the Ages features cello works written by the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-200). Inspired by elements of ancient Armenian, Japanese, and Indian music, the collection of works reflects Hovhaness' renowned ability to synthesize different musical traditions. Utilizing the cello's rich and expressive nature, Hovhaness' music reveals the timeless connection we have to past civilizations, to nature, and to one another. Cellist Christina Gullans is an avid performer with an interest in music semiology. A former member of the Boston String Quartet, she has participated in numerous festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto, and Music Without Borders. She plays an American cello made by Charles Albert in 1886.
Alan Hovhaness, composer
Yakamochi for Violoncello Solo, Op. 193, No. 2
Christina Gullans (cello)

Alan Hovhaness, composer
Suite for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 193, No. 1
Christina Gullans (cello); Jeremy Fisell (piano)

Alan Hovhaness, composer
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 255
Christina Gullans (cello); Jeremy Fisell (piano)

Alan Hovhaness, composer
Nagooran for Violoncello, Timpani and 4 Percussion
Christina Gullans (cello); Adam Rosenlatt (timpani); Daniel Heagney (percussion); Jeff Stem (percussion); Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan (percussion); Nonoka Mizukami (percussion); Robert Dodelin (conductor)

"Not only is this CD a much-needed and overdue addition to the American cello discography, but also an important act of rehabilitation for music that is almost unknown, and can now more readily be taken up by cellists in search of rewarding 'new' repertoire. Hovhaness fans should acquire as a matter of course." (Alan Hovhaness website)