Alan Hovhaness is a transcendent, mystical composer who was too far out to ever be commercially viable, even though the music is quite beautiful. Telarc were a champion and Mysterious Mountains is Hovhaness at his best, with a fine DSD recording.
Alan Hovhaness (1911 – 2000) was an American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies and 434 opus numbers. The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer, his output assimilates the music of many cultures. ... The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgic."