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Headley: California Suite, Piano Concertos No 1 & 2, Etc


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559300   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hubert Klyne Headley
Performer:  Anna Bogolyubova
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is really fun. Hubert Headley (1906-95) is a composer in the tradition of Gershwin, Still, Gillis, and Moross--that is, stylish, pop-influenced ('30s and '40s), and well-crafted. Howard Hanson and Pierre Monteux had nice things to say about the colorful and extremely enjoyable California Suite, and during the 1940s it enjoyed a measure of popularity. Similarly, the concertos are brilliantly scored and full of good ideas. Both are single-movement works lasting a mere 11 and 15 minutes, respectively. The First Symphony (1946) requires a mere 13 minutes, and it's likewise colorful and cogent. Certainly there is no reason why this music should not become popular again; likely it faded from view because Headley essentially gave up symphonic Read more composition after the 1940s in favor of large-scale choral music, but then so much good tonal music vanished after the "serial interruption" that began in the 1950s. The performances here are consistently exciting, with Anna Bogolyubova a confident soloist in the two concertos, and Dmitry Yablonsky leading an orchestra that sounds like it's having a remarkably good time. You will too.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
California Suite by Hubert Klyne Headley
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 25 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Moscow, Russia (03/04/2006 - 03/07/2006) 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 "Argentango" by Hubert Klyne Headley
Performer:  Anna Bogolyubova (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2 by Hubert Klyne Headley
Performer:  Anna Bogolyubova (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Symphony no 1 by Hubert Klyne Headley
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

California Suite: I. Golden Gate
California Suite: II. Yosemite
California Suite: III. Fiesta
Piano Concerto No. 1, "Argentango"
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 1 for Radio

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