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American Classics - Herbert: Columbus Suite, Irish Rhapsody


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559027   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Here's a lovely disc for a rainy day. The Irish Rhapsody is a charmer, a delightful collection of good tunes very much in the tradition of late 19th-century Romantic nationalism (Dvorak's Slavonic Rhapsodies, Alfven's Swedish Rhapsodies, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies, and Enescu's Romanian Rhapsodies are all cut from similar cloth). Selections from Natoma is the rather curious name that Herbert gave to the potpourri concert work derived from his eponymous opera, while the Auditorium Festival March lives up to the promise of its title: a rousing occasional piece that would grace any popular ceremony or holiday celebration. The most ambitious work here is the four-movement Columbus Suite, a musical depiction of the discovery of the New World. Read more The quiet moments work best: the opening sunrise with its shimmering, harp-flecked strings, and the third movement 'Murmurs of the Sea', poetically rocked by a gentle clarinet solo. Elsewhere, the scoring (which includes organ) approaches the uncomfortably grandiose, though the closing pages have impact and don't outstay their welcome. Clearly there's more to Herbert than Babes in Toyland, and Keith Brion's conducting presents all of this music in a very positive light. Its solid craftsmanship and tuneful heartiness should make it many friends." - David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Auditorium Festival March by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Irish Rhapsody by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Natoma: Excerpt(s) by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Columbus Suite, Op 35 by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 27 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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