ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK (b.1941): Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 3.
Catalogue Number: 02I075
Description: These splendidly accessible large-scale neo-romantic symphonies are a welcome addition to the catalogue. The Second has a kind of concealed program; inspired by a visit to Ghana and the locations from which slaves were shipped to the Americas, the slow movement is a pained and impassioned elegy, counterbalanced by the determined striving of the finale. The Third, dedicated to the present performers, is a lighter, though not lightweight work of energy and extrovert enthusiasm, again with the emotionally charged slow movement the heart of the work. Grand Rapids Symphony; David Lockington.