Gallery: Early Discs
And God Created Great Whales: Columbia M30390 (1971)

Following the great success of And God Created Great Whales at a 1970 New York Philharmonic Promenade concert, conductor Andre Kostelanetz and CBS producer Teo Macero committed the work to disc for their next Columbia recording.

The composer remained indifferent to this work's success when it almost became his best-known piece in the 1970s, widely taken up by professional and amateur ensembles alike. At one point it was earning publisher CF Peters more rental fees than those from all their other living composers combined. Hovhaness maintained it was not a representative musical work, and indeed it was a revised version of the original commission that Kostelanetz had rejected. A later version adds a choral introduction.