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Bazelon: Symphony No 1, Etc / Farberman, Orchestra Of Sofia


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 508   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Irwin Bazelon
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Sofia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Irwin Bazelon completed Symphony No. One in February, 1961 at the age of 38. A vigorous 30 minute statement full of vitality, swagger and confidence, the fingerprints of his future symphonies and a recognizable compositional sound are already evident. The composer abandoned the traditional four movement classical structure and in another bold stroke he reshaped and used standard jazz elements as his basic material. If American style jazz is the true American music, as is most commonly believed today, it is hardly a stretch to think of Bazelon's orchestral sounds as derived from American roots. Orchestrated for wind quintet and harpsichord, the Early American Suite is based on a score Bazelon wrote in the summer of 1965 for legendary Read more documentary director Willard van Dyke. The concert version was completed in November-December the same year. The eight short movements of this charming suite reveal Bazelon as adept in miniature structures as he is formidable in his long-form symphonic works. The Suite from Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" was drawn from original theater music composed for John Houseman's American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, Connecticut in 1959. Though completed in January of 1960, this recording is the first concert performance of the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Irwin Bazelon
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Sofia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Length: 29 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Early American suite by Irwin Bazelon
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Sofia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Suite from Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Irwin Bazelon
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Sofia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1
Early American Suite: I. Overture
Early American Suite: II. Morning Hymn
Early American Suite: III. Carriage Ride (Through Village)
Early American Suite: IV. Fuguing Tune (Intermezzo)
Early American Suite: V. Corbett House (Interlude)
Early American Suite: VI. Winter (Delaware Country Scene)
Early American Suite: VII. Fun and Games (for Colonial Kids)
Early American Suite: VIII. Serenade
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: I. Curtain Raiser
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: II. Character Sketches: Sir John Falstaff - Comedians and Suitors - The Merry Wives
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: III. Ballet for a Postman
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: IV. Introduction and Fanfare for 2 Brave Fighters
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: V. Transformation Music: Dance of the Fairies
Suite from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor: VI. Curtain Call Finale

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