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American Classics - Bauer: American Youth Concerto, Etc


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559253   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marion Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber EnsembleAmbache Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





In her booklet note, pianist Diana Ambache suggests that Marion Bauer (1882?1955) ?must have been indefatigable.? Bauer, from America?s West Coast, studied in New York, Paris, and Berlin, and was the first of the many American composers to have lessons with Nadia Boulanger. In addition to composing, Bauer was also a teacher, writer, lecturer, and critic. The music here is melodic, charming, concise, folksy, and very accessible, with echoes of English pastoralism and French elegance; nor is it without soul and it is certainly expertly crafted and without pretence. I am being objective, for while realizing the potentially wide appeal of Bauer?s music, I found it not Read more very interesting and limited, each work or movement palling early on, and some begin promisingly. The committed performances are lucidly and vividly recorded.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano, Op. 36 "American Youth" by Marion Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber Ensemble,  Ambache Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
2.
Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings, Op. 32b by Marion Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber Ensemble,  Ambache Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1939 - 1943).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
3.
A Lament on an African Theme, Op. 20a by Marion Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber Ensemble,  Ambache Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
4.
Symphonic Suite, Op. 34 by Marion Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambache Chamber Ensemble,  Ambache Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 

Sound Samples

A Lament on an African Theme, Op. 20a
Concertino for Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 32b: I. Allegretto
Concertino for Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 32b: II. Andantino
Concertino for Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 32b: III. Allegro giocoso
Trio Sonata No. 1, Op. 40: I. Allegretto comodo
Trio Sonata No. 1, Op. 40: II. Andante espressivo
Trio Sonata No. 1, Op. 40: III. Vivace e giocoso
Symphonic Suite, Op. 34: I. Prelude: Andante
Symphonic Suite, Op. 34: II. Interlude: Comodo
Symphonic Suite, Op. 34: III. Finale - Fugue: Allegro ma non troppo
Duo, Op. 25: I. Prelude
Duo, Op. 25: II. Improvisation
Duo, Op. 25: III. Pastoral
Duo, Op. 25: IV. Dance
Piano Concerto, Op. 36, "American Youth": I. Andante maestoso - Allegretto - Vivo
Piano Concerto, Op. 36, "American Youth": II. Andante ma non troppo
Piano Concerto, Op. 36, "American Youth": III. Allegretto

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