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Wallingford Riegger


Release Date: 05/13/2003 
Label:  First Edition   Catalog #: 7   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wallingford Riegger
Performer:  Benjamin OwenSidney Harth
Conductor:  Robert Whitney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Wallingford Riegger was an American composer who is completely ignored today. That’s a shame because Riegger was truly gifted. His Music for Brass Choir is one of the greatest modern brass pieces, and his Symphony No. 3, once heard on classical radio, was in the curriculum of music schools. Then came the great dumbing down in classical music programming on many radio stations. Riegger’s music, direct and whimsical, is also uncompromising and even violent, so look out! This disc, recorded in the 1950s, contains his Symphony No. 4. Try the second movement. Short motives, like mysterious clues in a Hitchcock film, morph into a galloping, oddly Spanish theme and then into strange motives again. The outer movements mix pleasant melodies with Read more harsh climaxes. This is great music that you’ll never hear over local radio." - Sacramento News & Review Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4, Op. 63 by Wallingford Riegger
Conductor:  Robert Whitney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
2. Variations for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 by Wallingford Riegger
Performer:  Benjamin Owen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Whitney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
3. Variations for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 71 by Wallingford Riegger
Performer:  Sidney Harth (Violin)
Conductor:  Robert Whitney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 VARIETY IS NOT DIVERSITY  April 16, 2012 By James M Rosen (Trepassey, NL) See All My Reviews "The recordings are excellent. The selection, however, seeks variety at the expense of the rich diversity in just one of Riegger's later pieces." Report Abuse
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