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Americana - Siegmeister, Ives, Copland, Gould, Sousa


Release Date: 12/10/2002 
Label:  Vox Box Catalog #: 5182   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Elie SiegmeisterCharles IvesAaron CoplandMorton Gould,   ... 
Performer:  Dennis D. Rooney
Conductor:  Maurice AbravanelDonald JohanosLukas FossErich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony OrchestraDallas Symphony OrchestraBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This appealing collection brings together some well-known gems from the Vox catalogue in one enticing package. The Johanos/Dallas recordings of Ives' Holidays Symphony and Copland ballet suites (Billy the Kid and Rodeo) have long been admired for their idiomatic naturalness both of performance and sound. Elie Siegmeister's Western Suite fits right in, being a thoroughly Copland-esque bit of Americana, albeit more heavily orchestrated and less rhythmically lithe, and its issue on a single disc probably missed most collectors. Abravanel's performance catches the music's liveliness, while the playing as such remains a bit rough-and-ready. Lukas Foss leads a suitably grand recording of A Lincoln Portrait dating from 1970, ably narrated by Read more Dennis Rooney, and Erich Kunzel provides the icing on the cake in the form of Morton Gould's American Salute (a.k.a. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home") and a selection of Sousa bonbons that goes beyond the usual marches to include a waltz, tango, polonaise, and foxtrot. A marvelous bargain by any measure. [3/24/2003]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Western Suite by Elie Siegmeister
Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Holidays by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 39 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Dennis D. Rooney (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Lukas Foss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Length: 13 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 19 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1967 
7.
American Salute by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Gliding Girl by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Thunderer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1889; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13.
Peaches and Cream by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
14.
Presidential Polonaise by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888; USA 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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