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American Musical Heritage Recordings - Macdowell, Et Al


Release Date: 07/29/2003 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9124   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edward MacDowellHoratio ParkerVictor HerbertArthur Farwell,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 3 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pioneering accounts from the 1960s of these New World Romantics

Karl Krueger (1894-1979) is surely the hero of this release. Born in Atchison, Kansas, he became one of the first American-born conductors to direct major orchestras. In 1958 he founded the Society for the Preservation of the American Musical Heritage and made all these reissued recordings for them with the RPO in London in the 1960s – details of the original sessions are not provided. Krueger was a pioneer in translating mere names found in history books into sound. The astonishing thing about the American Romantics is not that most of them simply adopted a post-Wagnerian idiom but that they did it with such panache.

Horatio Parker was
Read more Professor at Yale – he taught Ives – and at the turn of the century he was one of the most celebrated US composers. His Hora Novissima was heard by Elgar at the Three Choirs Festival when he was starting work on Gerontius. Parker’s symphonic poem Vathek is based on a story by William Beckford about the debauched court of an oriental prince who sold his soul to the devil. Vathek is unpublished and this 1968 recording may be the première. The subject would certainly not have appealed to Parker’s oratorio audience but it prompted a luscious orchestral setting. Malcolm MacDonald, in the extended and informative CD booklet, thinks Parker might even have been ashamed of it.

Although Victor Herbert made his name and fortune through operetta, he inherited the same heavily Romantic idiom as Parker and many others. As a professional cellist he knew the orchestra from the inside, which shows in his half-hour programmatic symphonic poem based on the Hero and Leander legend.

Arthur Farwell was different in that he took an interest in the music of Indian tribes and supported American composers with his Wa-Wan Press. The Gods of the Mountain was originally written in 1916 for violin, cello and harp, as incidental music for the play by the then fashionable Lord Dunsany. Each movement is ingeniously based on a different scale and the later orchestral suite, retaining harp, is particularly attractively scored – a real discovery from this uneven composer, who was one of the first to set Emily Dickinson.

Henry Hadley’s Second Symphony now supplements his Fourth on Naxos (11/01). It starts with an Elgarian swagger and goes on at Brucknerian length, with a recorded sound that shows its age. Hadley, who became a professional conductor, saw Wilde’s play and was working independently in Germany on his orchestral Salome when Strauss’s opera was produced. There’s Tristan-esque passion in plenty in Hadley’s symphonic poem but the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ sounds tame.

The two MacDowell suites, also available on Naxos, are the best known of all the works on this carefully remastered three-CD set, which is an impressive anthology of New World Romanticism.

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [2/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in a, Op. 42 by Edward MacDowell
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1891; USA 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 2, Op. 48 "Indian" by Edward MacDowell
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1895; USA 
3.
Vathek by Horatio Parker
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; USA 
4.
Hero and Leander, Op. 33 by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; USA 
5.
The Gods of the Mountain, Op. 52 by Arthur Farwell
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
6.
Symphony no 2 in F minor, Op. 30 "The Four Seasons" by Henry Hadley
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
7.
Salome, Op. 55 by Henry Hadley
Conductor:  Karl Krueger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906 

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