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Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol 1 / Slatkin, BBC


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559313   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leroy Anderson
Performer:  David McCallumJohn BlackshawCatherine MooreNeville Graham,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Leonard Slatkin recorded a marvelous Leroy Anderson collection for RCA with the St. Louis Symphony, and of course Anderson's own recordings for Decca/MCA remain special, but this new series promises to offer several recording premieres, and Jeffrey Biegel's rendition of the terrific Piano Concerto is the best yet. So all in all, it's hard to deny this release the strongest possible recommendation. The music may be light, but the craftsmanship and standard of quality are second to none.

It's a special mystery that Anderson was dissatisfied with the
Read more concerto, his only large-scale orchestral work, withholding its publication during his lifetime. We could use a top-notch "Gershwin alternative", and this piece is just the ticket. From the "Rachmaninov without the gloom" opening, to the Latin interludes in the Andante, to the finale's hoe-down reel of a main melody, this piece is a winner. Both Slatkin and Biegel give the piece the royal treatment, playing with both passion and humor. You'll love it.

Among the smaller pieces you'll find familiar favorites (Belle of the Ball, Bugler's Holiday, Fiddle-Faddle, Clarinet Candy, Blue Tango, China Doll), but also some lesser-known but no less delicious surprises. There's The First Day of Spring, a gorgeous meditation reminiscent of the Romanza from Dvorák's Czech Suite, and The Classical Jukebox, in which favorites by Wagner and Liszt serve as a platform on which to graft, P.D.Q. Bach-style, the famous pop tune "Put Another Nickel In [the Nickelodeon]". The playing by the BBC Concert Orchestra is relaxed and charming. Under Slatkin's baton the melodies flow effortlessly, and clearly a good time was had by all. You will too.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Also available - Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol 2
If you enjoyed Vol. 1 in this ongoing series of Leroy Anderson's warm and beautifully crafted orchestral works, then you'll surely want this release as well. The performances are just as fine, and once again we get several important premieres. Anderson's brand of melodious charm is timeless. -- ClassicsToday.com

Also available - Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol 3
Naxos continues its celebration of Leroy Anderson's 100th anniversary year with this third volume of his works, including popular favorites "The Typewriter," "Sandpaper Ballet," and "The Syncopated Clock."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  David McCallum (Trumpet), John Blackshaw (Trumpet), Catherine Moore (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
2.
Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
3.
The First Day of Spring by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
4.
Belle of the Ball by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
5.
Governor Bradford March by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Clarinet Candy by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Neville Graham (Clarinet), Jenny McLaren (Clarinet), Michael Pearce (Clarinet),
Derek Hanningan (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
7.
Captains and Kings by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Golden Years by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9.
Chicken Reel by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
10.
Fiddle Faddle by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
11.
Classical Jukebox by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12.
China Doll by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
13.
Balladette by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
14.
Arietta by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
15.
Concerto for Piano in C major by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Bugler's Holiday
The First Day of Spring
Piano Concerto in C: I. Allegro moderato

Sound Samples

Bugler's Holiday +: Bugler's Holiday
Blue Tango
The First Day of Spring
Belle of the Ball
Governor Bradford March
Clarinet Candy
The Captains and the Kings
The Golden Years
Chicken Reel
Fiddle-Faddle
The Classical Jukebox
China Doll
Balladette
Arietta
Piano Concerto in C major: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto in C major: II. Andante
Piano Concerto in C major: III. Allegro vivo

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