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Songs, Hymns & Portraits / New England Conservatory Winds


Release Date: 07/31/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 444   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dame Elizabeth MaconchyWilliam SchumanCharles IvesSteven Edward Stucky,   ... 
Performer:  Gunther Schuller
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This recording is the long-awaited second release on Albany Records of the famed New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Conducted by Frank Battisti, the Wind Ensemble performs the significant literature for brass, woodwind and percussion instruments composed from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Many of its performances are broadcast over the National Public Radio network. This disc will be a must for all wind ensemble enthusiasts. (Volume 1 is on Albany 340.) This recording is the long-awaited second release on Albany Records of the famed New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Conducted by Frank Battisti, the Wind Ensemble performs the significant literature for brass, woodwind and percussion instruments composed from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Many of its performances are broadcast over the National Public Radio network. This disc will be a must for all wind ensemble enthusiasts. (Volume 1 is on Albany 340.) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Music for Woodwind and Brass by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; England 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
American Hymn by William Schuman
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60": 3rd movement "The Alcotts" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jonathan Elkus 
4.
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary by Steven Edward Stucky
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Gunther Schuller (Voice)
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Transcribed: Walter Beeler 
8.
Preamble for a Solemn Occasion by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Gunther Schuller (Voice)
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
An American song by Alan Fletcher
Conductor:  Frank Battisti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Music for Woodwind and Brass
An American Song
American Hymn (version for band)
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60" (arr. for wind ensemble): Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60": III. The Alcotts (arr. for wind ensemble)
Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after H. Purcell's Queen Mary's funeral, Z. 860)
Variations on a Shaker Melody
Down a Country Lane (arr. for wind ensemble)
Lincoln Portrait (arr. W. Beeler for wind ensemble): Lincoln Portrait (arr. for wind ensemble)
Preamble for a Solemn Occasion (version for wind ensemble)

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