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American Journey / Murray, Heisser, Orchestre Poitou Charentes

Barber / Bernstein / Herrmann / Gershwin / Heisser
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 244   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberLeonard BernsteinGeorge GershwinBernard Herrmann,   ... 
Performer:  Tai MurrayJean-François Heisser
Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While still under the influence of Western European music traditions, American music of the twentieth century has also been a testing ground for new ideas. From the neo-classicism of Bernstein's Serenade, the imaginative film scores of Bernard Herrmann, the philosophical and musical innovations of Charles Ives, the blues-tinged expressions of Gershwin, and the intense, poetic lyricism of the Adagio by Samuel Barber, this album explores different aspects within the music of the New World. Jean-François Heisser leads Orchestre Poitou-Charentes with violinist Tai Murray in the engaging Bernstein work. The French musicians dive into this music with enthusiasm. - Harmonia Mundi, (translated from French) While still under the influence of Western European music traditions, American music of the twentieth century has also been a testing ground for new ideas. From the neo-classicism of Bernstein's Serenade, the imaginative film scores of Bernard Herrmann, the philosophical and musical innovations of Charles Ives, the blues-tinged expressions of Gershwin, and the intense, poetic lyricism of the Adagio by Samuel Barber, this album explores different aspects within the music of the New World. Jean-François Heisser leads Orchestre Poitou-Charentes with violinist Tai Murray in the engaging Bernstein work. The French musicians dive into this music with enthusiasm. - Harmonia Mundi, (translated from French) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
2.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Tai Murray (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
3.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
4.
Psycho: Suite for Strings by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
5.
The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato?s «Symposium»: I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro marcato
Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato?s «Symposium»: II. Aristophanes: Allegretto
Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato?s «Symposium»: III. Eryximachus, the doctor: Presto
Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato?s «Symposium»: IV. Agathon: Adagio
Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato?s «Symposium»: V. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace
Adagio for Strings
Psycho Suite for Strings: I. Prelude - The City - The Rainstorm
Psycho Suite for Strings: II. The Madhouse
Psycho Suite for Strings: III. The Murder
Psycho Suite for Strings: IV. The Water
Psycho Suite for Strings: V. The Swamp
Psycho Suite for Strings: VI. The Stairs, The Knife and The Cellar
Psycho Suite for Strings: VII. Finale
Three Preludes for piano: I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Three Preludes for piano: II. Andante con moto e poco rubato
Three Preludes for piano: III. Agitato
The Unanswered Question

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