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Music Of Russell Peck - The Glory And The Grandeur, Etc


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 40   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Russell Peck
Performer:  James HoulikBill WilliamsKevin BarrettTim Miller
Conductor:  Paul PolivnickPaul Anthony McRae
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alabama Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a reissue of one of the most popular titles in the Albany catalog. It has long been out of stock. This new CD has been remastered and a new movement has been added to Signs of Life, thus the name Signs of Life II. The disc sounds better than ever and the music is terrific. Russell Peck writes: "This CD has been arranged as a short concert. All the music is for full orchestra except the first piece for string orchestra; all are vintage works over ten years old. My dad Thorland was an avid symphony fan and professional singer. He listened to Mozart on the radio, practiced barbershop quartet singing in the basement, and also did radio chorus work with the Detroit Symphony. He wanted me to be a composer like Beethoven, even if, of Read more course, far inferior. Another influence in my youth was Motown Records, then in its Detroit heyday. I loved it. It inspired me just as the great composers did. In sum, my musical beginnings were Mozart and Motown. I studied serious composition in high school, got a doctorate in the subject at the University of Michigan, then became Ford Foundation composer-in-residence for Indianapolis, followed by a short period of university teaching. Meanwhile during the 1970s I was developing a very successful career in composing and narrating my own works such as Jack and Jill at Bunker Hill for young people's concerts with major orchestras. Then came 1978, I dropped out of music altogether to make ending global starvation my sole priority, which I pursued at the United Nations. The period when I did this exclusively finally ended with my writing Signs of Life and the other pieces on this CD." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Signs of Life by Russell Peck
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
The Upward Stream by Russell Peck
Performer:  James Houlik (Tenor Saxophone)
Conductor:  Paul Anthony McRae
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Peace Overture by Russell Peck
Conductor:  Paul Anthony McRae
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Glory and the Grandeur by Russell Peck
Performer:  Bill Williams (), Kevin Barrett (), Tim Miller ()
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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