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Thompson: Symphony No. 2 - Adams: Drift & Providence - Barber: Symphony No. 1 / Ross, Natioinal Orchestral Institute


Release Date: 06/09/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559822  
Composer:  Randall ThompsonSamuel AdamsSamuel Barber
Performer:  Samuel Adams
Conductor:  James Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The second Naxos recording by the elite conservatory students of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic explores further examples of the breadth of American music. Randall Thompson, famed for his vocal works, is represented by his Symphony No. 2 which, with its syncopation and echoes of jazz, helped to establish a bright, vibrant American style. After an inauspicious debut, Samuel Barber’s tautly cyclical Symphony No. 1 became the first American symphonic piece to be performed at the Salzburg Festival. Samuel Adams offers a contemporary voice in Drift and Providence, which spectacularly captures the sound of the Pacific Ocean by incorporating electronic elements. The National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic at the University of Read more Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is formed each June from the musicians of the National Orchestral Institute. These musicians of extraordinary talent are chosen through rigorous international auditions and coalesce into one of the most dynamic orchestras in the country. Focused on creating future musicians and leaders in the world of orchestras, its alumni now occupy important positions in virtually every major symphony orchestra in the United States.

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REVIEW:

This is the second recording by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, a summer training programme for conservatory students. It’s as impressive as its predecessor in terms of the quality of orchestral execution, and perhaps even more valuable in its choice of repertoire.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in E minor by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  James Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; United States 
2.
Drift and Providence by Samuel Adams
Performer:  Samuel Adams (Electronics)
Conductor:  James Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012; United States 
3.
Symphony no 1, Op. 9 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  James Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Great symphonies July 7, 2017 By Leslie A. (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "Barber & Thomson's symphonies are, arguably, among the best ones in the American symphonic literature. Thomson music is always crafty and melodic, Barber shows pathos and nobility. The Adams (Samuel) a good contemporary interlude between two golden era symphonies." Report Abuse
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