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American Classics - Piston: Violin Concertos /Buswell, Et Al


Release Date: 10/27/1998 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Walter Piston
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walter Piston was one of the more influential American musicians of the twentieth century. For nearly four decades he was a mainstay of the Harvard Music Department, authoring a series of widely used textbooks and teaching generations of composers. Like many Americans who went to Paris in the 1920s he fell under the influence of Stravinsky and neoclassicism and it was that aesthetic that prevailed at Harvard and in Piston's own composition.
Piston worked in all the formal genres, leaving a substantial legacy of quartets, symphonies and concertos. His two violin concertos are among his most important works and Naxos has provided an invaluable service by placing both on one disc, along with the later Fantasia, as part of their American
Read more Classics series. The performances by erstwhile prodigy James Buswell are strong, he is able to get inside these cerebral scores and light the fires within. Theodore Kuchar and the Ukraine National Symphony lend solid support and the recording is first rate. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 by Walter Piston
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell (Violin)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Ukranian Radio Concert Hall, Kiev 
Length: 21 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 by Walter Piston
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell (Violin)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Ukranian Radio Concert Hall, Kiev 
Length: 24 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra by Walter Piston
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell (Violin)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Ukranian Radio Concert Hall, Kiev 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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