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American Classics - A Sampler

Release Date: 06/19/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559118   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Philip SousaZez ConfreyFerde GroféLouis Moreau Gottschalk,   ... 
Performer:  Eteri AndjaparidzeKuo Yi-Chun SunnyAdele AnthonySuzanne Ornstein,   ... 
Conductor:  Keith BrionWilliam T. StrombergRichard RosenbergJohn McLaughlin Williams,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery BandBournemouth Symphony OrchestraHot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American music is culturally diverse and exciting, mirroring all the best America has to offer. The last two centuries have seen an extraordinary flowering of musical life in the United States. In recognition of the many gifted American men and women of music, Naxos is pleased to present the American Classic Series.

When complete, this series will consist of over 200 titles, exploring the full spectrum of American concert music. All the familiar names are there: Copland, Ives, Grofé, Barber, and Sousa but so are many others such as: Bennett, Dédé, Foote, McKay, and Siegmeister all of whom have contributed to the rich musical tapestry that is American.

All of us at Naxos invite you to journey
Read more with us as we set out to discover America.

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Works on This Recording

1. Hands Across the Sea by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; USA 
2. Dizzy Fingers by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
3. Mississippi Suite: Father of Waters by Ferde Grofé
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
4. Tournament Galop, RO 264 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Kuo Yi-Chun Sunny (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
5. From a Moonlit Ceremony: Evocation by George McKay
Conductor:  John McLaughlin Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
6. Concerto for Violin: 1st movement by Philip Glass
Performer:  Adele Anthony (Violin)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
7. Melody for Violin and Piano, Op. 44 by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Suzanne Ornstein (Violin), Thomas Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; USA 
8. Al Fresco by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
9. The Breaking Heart by William Henry Fry
Conductor:  Tony Rowe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; USA 
Notes: This selection is presented here in excerpted form. 
10. Symphony no 2: 1st movement, Andante moderato by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1902; USA 
11. Stephen Foster Gallery: Camptown Races by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
12. Prelude for Meditation for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Boris Berman (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
13. Quintet for Flute and Strings: 1st movement, Allegro moderato grazioso by Walter Piston
Performer:  Michele Walsh (Violin), Carol Ou (Cello), James Oliver Buswell (Violin),
Randolph Kelly (Viola), Olga Shylayeva (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
14. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
15. Merry Mount, Op. 31: Suite - no 3, Love Duet by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
16. Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Stephen Prutsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fagan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Notes: Ver: Piano and Orchestra 

Sound Samples

Hands Across the Sea: March:
Dizzy Fingers
Mississippi, "A Journey in Tones": Mississippi Suite: I. Father of Waters
Tournament Galop (arr. J. Elliott): Tournament Galop
Moonlit Ceremony: From a : I. Evocation
Violin Concerto: I.
Melody, Op. 44: Melody for Violin and Piano, Op. 44
It Happened in Nordland: Al Fresco
The Breaking Heart: (excerpt)
Symphony No. 2: I. Andante moderato (excerpt)
Foster Gallery: Comptown Races
Prelude for Meditation
Quintet for Flute and String Quartet: I. Allegro Moderato grazioso
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Merry Mount Suite, Op. 31: Merry Mount Suite: Love Duet
2 Fantasiestucke, Op. 17: Hexentanz

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