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American Classics - Explore America Vol 1


Release Date: 05/20/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559187   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandCharles Wakefield CadmanNed RoremSamuel Barber,   ... 
Performer:  Carole FarleyNed RoremJames Oliver BuswellJanice Weber,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul GambillMarin AlsopKenneth SchermerhornJohn McLaughlin Williams,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Chamber OrchestraBergonzi String QuartetRoyal Scottish National Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In no single collection of any size could the incredible range and diversity of America’s contribution to music be appraised. The best of America’s composers have forged a unique compositional voice, employing musical elements native to their environment, while adapting and expanding the forms of their European predecessors and contemporaries. Some chose a more formal assimilation of the Great Masters, while others seemed to reject influence from across the Atlantic altogether, and fashioned instead a new and innovative music, often provocative and radical, in some cases without knowledge of European trends. Indeed, it may be said that a healthy spirit of independence and self-sufficiency, blended with a wide-ranging ancestral influence, is Read more what defines Americans. With just a taste of several of the titles in the Naxos American Classics series, this collection of pieces does not attempt to encapsulate the diversity of American music; rather the series sheds light on some of its seminal moments, confirming the “classic” status of some of these works while uncovering some lesser-known surprises and encouraging the listener to explore America through the rich tapestry of American music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Paul Gambill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Notes: An excerpt from the peice is being recorded in this selection. 
2. American Indian Songs (4), Op. 45 no 1: From the land of the sky-blue water by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergonzi String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
3. The Nightingale by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano), Ned Rorem (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
4. Concerto for Violin, Op. 14: 3rd movement, Presto by Samuel Barber
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell (Violin)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
5. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Language: English 
6. Alexander's Ragtime Band: Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Notes: An excerpt from the peice is being recorded in this selection. 
7. Morning in the Woods by Leo Ornstein
Performer:  Janice Weber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
8. Adventures in A minor perambulator: The Hurdy Gurdy by John Alden Carpenter
Conductor:  John McLaughlin Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
9. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Protestation Quartet" by Gloria Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; USA 
10. Concerto for Cello, Op. 27: Allegro by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
11. Americanistic Etude, Op. 27 by George McKay
Performer:  William Bolcom (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
12. Hollywood Suite: Production Number by Ferde Grofé
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
13. Concerto for Percussion "Rapture": Drums and Woods by Michael Torke
Performer:  Colin Currie (Percussion)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
14. Symphony no 3 "The Camp Meeting": Old Folks Gatherin' by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
15. National Game by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; USA 
16. Songs to the Dark Virgin by Florence Beatrice Price
Performer:  Maria Corley (Piano), Darryl Taylor (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1941; USA 

Sound Samples

Appalachian Spring: Simple Gifts
4 American Indian Songs, Op. 45: No. 1. From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water
Adventures in a Perambulator: The Hurdy Gurdy
Nightingale
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: III. Presto in moto perpetuoso
String Quartet No. 1: Protestation Quartet
Cello Concerto, Op. 17: Cello Concerto: Allegro
Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting": Symphony No. 3: Old Folks Gatherin'
Americanistic Etude
Alexander's Ragtime Band: (excerpt)
6 Pictures of Hollywood: Hollywood Suite: Production Number
West Side Story: Tonight
A Morning in the Woods
Songs to the Dark Virgin: Song to Dark Virgin
Rapture: Drums and Woods (excerpt)
The National Game

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