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A Salute To American Music


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61509   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberLeonard BernsteinAaron CoplandStephen Foster,   ... 
Performer:  Leontyne PriceFrederica Von StadeJerry HadleyTatiana Troyanos,   ... 
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera OrchestraCollegiate ChoraleMetropolitan Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is not just an anthology which works—it's a wow!

This is the sixteenth gala of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation—''a look at an era just gone by'', as conductor James Conlon calls it—recorded live before an enthusiastic audience. It starts with a great lift-off: America the Beautiful (no mention of its composer Samuel Augustus Ward, whose hymn is treated to a showbiz arrangement) sung by Leontyne Price. At the age of 63 she can still summon enough patriotic fervour to make non-Americans want to apply for citizenship papers on the spot! And she isn't the oldest performer by any means. Robert Merrill is ten years her senior and delivers Weill's ''September Song'' touchingly but with a maddening tendency to
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Weill is also represented by the ecstatic virtuosity of the Ice-Cream Sextet from Street Scene, still fresh in one's memory from the ENO performances in London and the two recordings now available on Decca and TER. Then there are two settings of William Blake's ''Tiger! Tiger! burning bright'' (''Songs of Experience''). Virgil Thomson set the poem twice: this is the second of his Five Songs from William Blake written in 1951, but it is William Bolcom who brings the house down with his version for chanting chorus backed by a variety of orchestral percussion.

One of the most moving performances is Karen Holvik in Stephen Foster's immaculate Ah! May the red rose live alway, with piano (Steven Blier). More calculating, but equally polished nostalgia comes from Barber, especially ''Must the winter come so soon'' from Vanessa, hauntingly sung by Frederica von Stade, recently admired for her Melisande at Covent Garden. But also ''Give me my robe'' from Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra, sung with equal poignancy by Carol Vaness.

Tatiana Troyanos sings Copland's setting of Robert Lowry's ''At the river'' with impressive, quiet dignity. Bernstein is the only composer who gets in three times—the Collegiate Chorale is on form for the first of the Chichester Psalms; Jerry Hadley sings ''Maria''; and there's an ensemble from Candide. Finally, in case you didn't sign on for US citizenship, Marilyn Horne gives a truly commanding performance of Berlin's classic God bless America. This is not just an anthology which works—it's a wow!

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40: Give me my robe by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
2.
Vanessa, Op. 32: Must the winter come so soon? by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
3.
Candide: Make our garden grow by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Collegiate Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
4.
Chichester Psalms: no 1, Urah, haneval, v'chinor by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Collegiate Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
5.
West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
6.
Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1992 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
7.
Ah! May the red rose live alway by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Karen Holvik (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
8.
Porgy and Bess: Leavin' fo' the promis' lan' by George Gershwin
Performer:  Denise Woods (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Collegiate Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
9.
Mourning Becomes Electra: Too weak to kill the man I hate by Marvin David Levy
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
10.
Amelia Goes to the Ball: Overture by Gian Carlo Menotti
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
11.
America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York, New York 
Language: English 
12.
Knickerbocker Holiday: September Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Maureen O'Flynn (Soprano), Denise Woods (Soprano), Carol Vaness (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
13.
God Bless America by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918/1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1991 
Language: English 

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