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Harbison: Symphony No. 1
Harbison: Symphony No. 2
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Harbison's six symphonies span three decades of his life. Each takes a unique view of the important genre of the symphony while exploring different aspects of his own style. The vibrant, energetic First Symphony, premiered in 1984 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, was commissioned by the BSO for its centennial. Harbison's Second Symphony, composed a few years later, is more atmospheric in character, tracing a four-movement course from dawn, through daylight and dusk, to night. These recordings were made from live performances led by James Levine in fall 2010 as part of the BSO's two-season survey of the complete Harbison symphonies.