WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol 4 / Slatkin, Criswell, Dazeley


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559381   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leroy AndersonEdward MacDowell
Performer:  Kim CriswellWilliam Dazeley
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's usual to say, somewhat condescendingly, that Leroy Anderson was a great "light music" composer, but the fact is that he was a great composer. Period. The ability to write a memorable tune is priceless, as Brahms (no slouch in the tune department) recognized in speaking of Dvorák, and it more than compensates for any amount of failings in other departments. Anderson had remarkably few of those: his orchestrations are masterly, his craftsmanship always top-notch. The three suites included here (Scottish, Irish, and Alma Mater) are beautifully put together and incredibly catchy.

The vocal items (see work list above) are fetchingly sung by Kim Criswell and William Dazeley, and here receive their world
Read more premiere recordings. The program ends with one of Anderson's larger works, the dazzling Christmas Festival. Leonard Slatkin, an old hand in this music, conducts with unassuming mastery, and the BBC Concert Orchestra sounds entirely at home in the idiom. Very good engineering completes this delectable package. Like the rest of this series, this is definitely worth collecting.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Irish Suite by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
2.
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 1, To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Leroy Anderson 
3.
Summer Skies by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Scottish Suite by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
5.
Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
6.
Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
7.
Belle of the Ball by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  William Dazeley (Baritone), Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
8.
Alma Mater by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
9.
A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Irish Suite: I. The Irish Washerwoman
Irish Suite: II. The Minstrel Boy
Irish Suite: III. The Rakes of Mallow
Irish Suite: IV. The Wearing of the Green
Irish Suite: V. The Last Rose of Summer
Irish Suite: VI. The Girl I Left Behind Me
To a Wild Rose (arr. L. Anderson for orchestra)
Summer Skies
Scottish Suite: I. Bonnie Dundee
Scottish Suite: II. Turn Ye To Me
Scottish Suite: III. The Bluebells of Scotland
Scottish Suite: IV. The Campbells are Coming
Blue Tango (version with voice)
Forgotten Dreams (arr. R. Wendel for voice and orchestra)
Belle of the Ball (version with voice)
Alma Mater: I. Chapel Bells
Alma Mater: II. Freshman on Main Street
Alma Mater: III. Library Reading Room
Alma Mater: IV. Class Reunion
A Christmas Festival

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Extended performances not heard from anyone else July 15, 2012 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "Leroy Anderson's arrangements are well-knonw if not famous. I am happy to play this addtion to his hitparade, even the Blue Tango is here yet with a singing alto voice
A complete orchestra is playing like 'newyears proms', with harmonious modulation of loud and soft, special instrumentations.
Beginning with a surprising -Irish Washerwoman- then a lyrical Amercain Parade, sweet nostalgic heartrending.
The arrangements are so entertaining, alternating humoresque and funny to stately, then romantic, always sweet to the ears.
Engaging me into a loving happy mood, I think improving all.

"
Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In