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American Classics


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 556702  
Composer:  George GershwinLeonard BernsteinSamuel BarberErich Wolfgang Korngold,   ... 
Performer:  Wayne MarshallPeter DonohoeHélène GrimaudSabine Meyer,   ... 
Conductor:  Wayne MarshallSimon RattleDavid ZinmanPaavo Järvi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony OrchestraLondon SinfoniettaBaltimore Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 20th century, the great American composers – simmering in the mighty melting pot – evoked Hollywood glamour, folksy landscapes, irresistible swing, poignant nostalgia, showbiz pzazz, sweet sentiment, streetwise sophistication, and hypnotic minimalistic drive. This 6-CD box – featuring such citizens of the world as Simon Rattle, André Previn, The Labèque Sisters, Renaud Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud and Paavo Järvi – take us on an exhilarating journey across the musical horizons of the USA.

Note: The tracklist for this release is complete, except for the final seven tracks of Disc No. 6, listed immediately below:

Porgy and Bess (highlights):
Read more Summertime (Clara, Chorus) - By Harolyn Blackwell/Glyndebourne Chorus/Craig Ruttenberg/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Porgy and Bess (highlights): It ain't necessarily so...Shame on all you sinners (Sporting Life, Chor - By Damon Evans/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/Craig Ruttenberg/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Strike up the Band - Overture - By Aalborg Symphony/Wayne Marshall

Take the A Train - By Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Lena Horne/Clark Terry/Bobby Watson/Joshua Redman/Joe Lovano/Regina Carter/Geri Allen/Lewis Nash/Peter Washington

Sophisticated Lady - By Sir Simon Rattle

That Doo-wah Thing (Excerpt, Fugue) - By Lena Horne/Clark Terry/Bobby Watson/Joshua Redman/Joe Lovano/Regina Carter/Geri Allen/Lewis Nash/Peter Washington/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Come Sunday - By Regina Carter/Clark Terry/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
2.
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
3.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
4.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
5.
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet), Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1955; United States 
6.
Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
7.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
8.
Divertimento for Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
9.
Wonderful Town: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
10.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
11.
Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1950; USA 
12.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
14.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
15.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
16.
The Chairman Dances by John Adams
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
17.
Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Tromba Lontana by John Adams
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
18.
Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; United States 
19.
Shaker Loops by John Adams
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
20.
Facades by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
21.
Company by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1983; USA 
22.
Eight Lines by Steve Reich
Performer:  John Harle (Saxophone), Simon Haram (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979/1983; USA 
23.
Damsel in Distress: Suite by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
24.
Girl Crazy: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
25.
Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
26.
Tip-toes: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
27.
Oh, Kay!: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
28.
Anything Goes: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
29.
Can-can: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
30.
Kiss Me, Kate: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
31.
Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
32.
Leave it to Jane: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
33.
Sitting Pretty: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
34.
Swing Time: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
35.
Swing Time: Pick Yourself Up by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
36.
Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
37.
Swing Time: Waltz in Swing Time by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
38.
Swing Time: Never Gonna Dance by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
39.
Swing Time: Bojangles of Harlem by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
40.
Show Boat: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
41.
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
42.
Rialto Ripples by George Gershwin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
43.
Magnetic Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
44.
Carolina shout by James P. Johnson
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
45.
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
46.
Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
47.
The Strenuous Life by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; USA 
48.
Bethena by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
49.
Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Marielle Labèque (Piano), Katia Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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 American Music  October 15, 2018 By Tim Blake (Phoenix, AZ) See All My Reviews "I'm enjoying this fascinating compilation of American composers' music. Some of the pieces are hard to find and all of VG quality." Report Abuse
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