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The Story Of American Classical Music / Scherer, Et Al


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558164-65   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William Henry FryLouis Moreau GottschalkEdward MacDowellArthur Foote,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen PrutsmanJames BarbagalloAlan FeinbergMichael Lewin,   ... 
Conductor:  Tony RoweRichard RosenbergArthur FagenKenneth Schermerhorn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National OrchestraHot Springs Music Festival Symphony OrchestraNational Symphony, Washington, D. C.,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Think 'American classical music' and what names spring to mind? Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein? Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa? These composers deserve their worldwide popularity. But from colonial times to our time, America's concert legacy also contains riches unfamiliar even to sophisticated music lovers. This entertaining, fact-filled Story of American Classical Music celebrates that legacy. An authoritative 130-page booklet investigates the greatest composers familiar and unfamiliar: American Romantics like Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Edward MacDowell, visionary modernists like Charles Ives and John Cage, buoyant spirits like Sousa, Joplin and Ferde Grofé, as well as figures at today's cutting edge like John Adams, Read more Philip Glass and Michael Torke. Setting their work against America's tempestuous history, the essay is illustrated by over two hours of selected masterpieces on two CDs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Macbeth: Overture by William Henry Fry
Conductor:  Tony Rowe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
2. Symphonie romantique, RO 255 "La nuit des tropiques": 2nd movement, Festa criolla by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Antilles 
3. Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 23: Largo - Molto allegro by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Stephen Prutsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
4. Quartet for Piano and Strings in C major, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro comodo by Arthur Foote
Performer:  James Barbagallo (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Vinci Quartet
5. Angel of Death by George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917-1918; USA 
6. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 64 "North, East, South, and West": 3rd movement, South by Henry Hadley
Conductor:  John McLaughlin Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
7. Concerto for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 45: 3rd movement, Largo by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
8. Preludes (3) for Piano: no 2 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9. American Indian Songs (4), Op. 45 no 1: From the land of the sky-blue water by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Performer:  Peter Zazofsky (Violin), Paul Posnak (Piano)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
10. Symphony no 2: 4th movement, Lento maestoso by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
11. The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12. Country Band March by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; USA 
13. King Cotton by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
14. Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Alexander Peskanov (Piano)
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
15. Cuban Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
16. Symphony for 5 Instruments: 3rd movement, Presto by George Antheil
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
17. Incredible Flutist: Spanish Waltz by Walter Piston
Performer:  Scott Goff (Flute)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
18. Billy the Kid: Finale by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
19. Kitten on the Keys by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
20. New England Triptych: Chester by William Schuman
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
21. Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24: It has become that time of evening by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
22. Totem Ancestor for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Boris Berman (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
23. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Mike Eldred (Voice), Betsi Morrison (Voice)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
24. Trio for Piano and Strings: 3rd movement, With swing by Gunther Schuller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eaken Piano Trio
25. Symphony no 22, Op. 236 "City of Light": 2nd movement, Angel of Light by Alan Hovhaness
Conductor:  Alan Hovhaness
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
26. Concerto for Piano: 1st movement by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Mark Wait (Piano)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
27. Concerto for Violin: Introduction by George Rochberg
Performer:  Peter Skaerved (Violin)
Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
28. Concerto for Violin: 3rd movement by Philip Glass
Performer:  Adele Anthony (Violin)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
29. Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
30. Concerto for Percussion "Rapture": Metals by Michael Torke
Performer:  Colin Currie (Percussion)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Macbeth Overture: Overture to Macbeth
Symphonie romantique, "La nuit des tropiques" (A Night in the Tropics): Symphonie romantique, "A Night in the Tropics": Festa Criolla
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23: IV. Largo - Molto allegro
Piano Quartet in C major, Op. 23: I. Allegro comodo
Angel of Death
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 64, "North, East, South, and West": Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 64: III. South (Allegretto giocoso)
Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 45: III. Largo
3 Preludes: Prelude No. 2
4 American Indian Songs, Op. 45 (arr. G Yost): 4 American Indian Songs, Op.45: No. 1. From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water (arr. G. Yost)
Symphony No. 2: IV. Lento maestoso
The Unanswered Question
Country Band March
King Cotton
Maple Leaf Rag
Cuban Overture
Symphony for 5 Instruments: Symphony for Five Instruments: III. Presto
The Incredible Flutist: Spanish Waltz
Billy the Kid Suite: Billy the Kid, Suite: Finale
Kitten on the Keys
New England Triptych: III. Chester
Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24: Orchestral Introduction - It has become that time of evening
Totem Ancestor
West Side Story: Act I: Tonight
Piano Trio: III. With Swing
Symphony No. 22, Op. 236, "City of Light": II. Angel of Light (Largo)
Piano Concerto: Movement I
Violin Concerto: (original version): Introduction
Violin Concerto: Movement III
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Rapture: Percussion Concerto, "": III. Metals (excerpt)

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