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American Masters - Gene Gutchë


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 825   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gene Gutchë
Performer:  Eva Dahlgren
Conductor:  Max RudolfJorge MesterLeopold SipeDavid Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraLouisville OrchestraSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gene Gutchë was born in Berlin and as a youth was praised by composer Ferruccio Busoni. Gutchë moved to the U.S. in 1925 and settled in Minnesota, where he continued his musical studies, and attended rehearsals of the Minneapolis Symphony led by Dimitri Mitropoulos and Antal Dorati.
Gutchë's orchestral music is the focus of this recording. Gutchë's 'Icarus,' a large-scale suite, is atmospheric and brilliantly orchestrated. More concise in expression is the composer's energetic Symphony No. 5 for Strings. The work is memorable for its technical precision and exuberant final movement. Wit and warmth are cornerstones of Gutchë's style, and no better example of this is his 'Bongo Divertimento.' Percussion soloist Marvin Dahlgreen exhibits
Read more his virtuosity in this clever work that's capped by a duel between the soloist and a fly (depicted by swirling strings). This retrospective collection is drawn from several different recordings of Gutchë's music and is a welcome look at a composer deserving wider recognition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5, Op. 34 by Gene Gutchë
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
2. Genghis Khan, Op. 37 by Gene Gutchë
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
3. Bongo Divertimento, Op. 35 by Gene Gutchë
Performer:  Eva Dahlgren (Percussion)
Conductor:  Leopold Sipe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
4. Icarus, Op. 48 by Gene Gutchë
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 

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